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Report - Police Scotland – PIRC/00238/23

13 Mar 2024

The Complaint

The complaint in this case arose after the applicant reported drug dealing activity to the police. The applicant regularly made reports to Police Scotland about drug dealing which was taking place at a neighbouring flat.  The applicant also reported anti-social behaviour in and around the shared entrance and stairwell.

We have reviewed the handling of one complaint, namely that: 

  1. There has been a lack of police action over a period of three years in relation to the applicant's reports about drug dealing.

Police Scotland's Decision

Police Scotland did not uphold the applicant’s complaint. 

Our Findings

We have found that Police Scotland did not handle the applicant’s complaint to a reasonable standard.

Consequently, we have made a recommendation to address the shortcomings in Police Scotland’s handling of the complaint. In summary, we have asked Police Scotland to clarify the crux of the applicant’s complaint. Thereafter, Police Scotland should conduct enquiries into the complaint and provide the applicant with a further response.

Our recommendation should be implemented by Police Scotland within two months of the date of this report.

Police Bodies: Police Scotland

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