03 December 2018 | Complaint Reviews
Report - Police Scotland PIRC/00668/17
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) reviews the way in which policing bodies handle complaints made about them. Our role is not to investigate the circumstances which led to the complaint but to review how the complaint itself was handled.
The complaints in this case arose following the applicant’s contact with officers after he attempted to report counter allegations of stalking and harassment.
We have reviewed eight complaints, namely that:
- the police did not take statements or note evidence from the witnesses the applicant identified in support of his counter allegation of stalking against his accuser;
- the police dismissed evidence that the applicant provided 7 occasions of alleged stalking by his accuser;
- police dismissed or ignored evidence of the applicant’s accuser posting subliminal messages that the applicant believe were aimed at him;
- the police dismissed or ignored evidence that the applicant’s accuser had contacted a third party by text message in order to find out when he attended college;
- the police ignored or dismissed email notifications the applicant had received which suggested that his accuser was obsessive and would not leave him alone;
- the applicant does not accept that his accuser had a legitimate reason to drive past his house when she resided 40 miles from his home;
- the police failed to properly investigate the applicant’s allegation that his accuser loitered in a named supermarket car park waiting for him; and
- the police discriminated against the applicant because of his gender, in taking an inconsistent approach to the cases against him and his accuser.
Police Scotland’s Decision
Police Scotland did not provide a determination on whether any of the complaints were upheld/not upheld. However, from the relevant Complaints about the Police Record we can ascertain that Police Scotland did not uphold any of the complaints.
We have found that Police Scotland have not handled any of the complaints to a reasonable standard.
Consequently, we have made six recommendations to address the shortcomings that we have identified in Police Scotland’s handling of the complaints. We have also identified three learning points.
We expect our recommendations to be implemented by Police Scotland within two months of the date of this report.
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