We carry out independent reviews of how policing bodies operating in Scotland handle complaints made about them by members of the public. We call these complaint handling reviews.
In this section you can find out how to ask the PIRC to review how the police handled your complaint, what the review process involves, the possible outcomes following a complaint handling review and some frequently asked questions. You can also access published complaint handling reviews.
If you prefer, you can download our leaflet, A guide for the public on the role of the PIRC, which gives an overview of our services and the complaint handling review process.
The complaints process:
- First, make your complaint to the Professional Standards Department of the policing body concerned.
- Then, if you are dissatisfied with their final response, you may then apply to the PIRC for a complaint handling review.
- Finally, once we have completed our review, we may publish the findings.
What we publish
We publish an anonymised version of our complaint handling reviews on our website. A small number are not published, where there is a risk that publication could lead to identification of any of those involved.
Before you contact the PIRC
Complaint Handling Review process
Applying for a Complaint Handling Review
Possible outcomes of Complaint Handling Reviews