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FOISA Response No. 824 – number of PIRC investigators

27 Jan 2023

Where relevant, we publish our responses to Freedom of Information requests under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

This response addressed the following query:

"The current number of people employed by the PIRC as Police Investigators, and as The PIRC helpfully advised that you have this to mean any role of Investigator you have, which are Senior Investigator, Deputy Senior Investigator, Technical Investigator and Investigator, therefore please provide the following:

  • Total Number of Investigators of all levels including HEAD INVESTIGATORS?
  • Total Number of HEAD INVESTIGATORS employed by the PIRC?
  • Total Number of these HEAD INVESTIGATORS that are ex police officers (Constables), retired officers of any rank that were employed by Police Scotland or any other Police Constabulary within The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland?"

The PIRC has considered this as a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“FOISA”). An application for information held by public authorities under section 1 of FOISA requires that a public authority release all information held, subject to any applicable exemptions.

The number of investigators employed by the PIRC is outlined in the table below. It is broken down by job title and the number of investigators who previously worked as a police officer.

Staff in Investigations Department


Number who are ex police officer

Head of Department


Senior Investigator


Deputy Senior Investigator


Technical Investigator



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