The PIRC offers interesting and challenging opportunities working within our three teams:

  • Investigations – responsible for investigating incidents involving the police.
  • Reviews – responsible for reviewing the way in which police handle complaints from the public.
  • Corporate Services – responsible for providing support services for Investigations and Reviews and overall governance of the organisation.

Our recruitment commitment

A diverse workforce brings value to our organisation and we aim to create an environment which maximises everyone's skills and talents. 

We are a Disability Confident employer, meaning we are committed to providing the necessary facilities and opportunities for employing and retaining disabled people and those with health conditions.  

The PIRC is committed to a fair and open recruitment process:

  • Equal Opportunities Policy: We are committed to ensuring that all staff are treated equally irrespective of their age, race, colour, ethnic or national origins, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, working pattern, employment status, gender identity or caring responsibility.
  • Diversity Policy: We are committed to increasing the diversity of staff within the organisation.
  • Disability: We will interview applicants with a disability who meet all the selection criteria for appointment.

Trainee programme

Since the creation of the PIRC in 2013, we have operated a scheme to train new recruits who have no previous investigatory experience.

This trainee programme has been extremely successful with eight trainees having gone on to become Investigators. Eight further recruits are currently undertaking the programme and the PIRC hopes to continue to develop new recruits in this way. 

Future opportunities to join our trainee programme will be advertised in our vacancy section.

Current roles

The PIRC currently has 80 staff carrying out a wide variety of roles.  A sample of these are:

Investigators work in a team carrying out investigations into serious incidents involving the police. They have a proven experience of gathering evidence and are capable of conducting criminal, death and serious injury enquiries. 

Some of our investigators also work as Family Liaison Officers. Their role is to support families when a family member suddenly dies, provide them with regular updates and to provide support and advice where appropriate. 

Complaint Handling Review officers work in a team to review how the police have handled relevant complaints made by members of the public. They examine police files, CCTV, legislation and police procedures and protocols to produce a Complaint Handling Review (CHR) report. 

There are a variety of roles within Corporate Services. Staff here are key to providing the functions of HR, Finance and Facilities management to support the day-to-day running of the organisation.

Our Communications Officers are involved promoting the work of the PIRC, including the production of corporate publications, such as the Annual Report and Accounts and Business Plan. They also work with the media in relation to many of the high profile investigations and CHRs undertaken by the organisation.

Future opportunities will be advertised in our vacancy section.