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FOISA Response No. 827 – gender breakdown of PIRC Investigations team

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:

"Per FOISA, please provide me with information contained in your records as follows:

  • The Gender Breakdown in your Police Investigation Department by role and how many are former police officer's/constables?
  • Please also advise if any of your Police Investigation Department have previously been employed by the Scottish Police Authority?"

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 gender breakdown of the staff within our Investigations department, by role, is set out below. The number that are former police officers / constables in our Police Investigations Department was provided in our FOISA response reference FOI: 824. This number has not changed and is 38.


Male Employees

Female Employees

Head of Department


Senior Investigator


Deputy Senior Investigator


Technical Investigator



PIRC has one member of staff that was previously employed by the Scottish Police Authority.

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