15 July 2019 | Complaint Reviews
Report - Police Scotland PIRC/00244/18
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 after the applicant was arrested in relation to domestic abuse allegations being made against him.
We have reviewed eight complaints, namely that:
- On or after 8 June 2017 at [named police office], the applicant was kept in custody overnight in relation to false allegations despite having been told that he would be released;
- On the same date/location, the applicant was not given access to prescribed medication or a healthcare professional despite that requirement having been clearly articulated;
- On or after the 8 June 2017, officers from Police Scotland failed to make enquiries with the applicant’s mother or take a statement from her despite it being highlighted that she was a key witness to the incident. This resulted in an incomplete report being sent to the COPFS;
- On or after 8 June 2017, officers from Police Scotland failed to make enquiries with the applicant’s children or take statements from them. This was despite it being highlighted that they were witnesses; and the applicant having reported that his eldest child told him that she had been pressured to alter her view of what she witnessed by her mother;
- The applicant was dissatisfied that on Police Scotland’s Vulnerable Person’s Database (VPD) are allegations and not proven matters of fact, and that the free text narrative box contained information that wrongly portrayed the applicant as guilty;
- On 8 June 2017, an officer from Police Scotland created a VPD record based on the applicant’s estranged wife’s allegations only, which resulted in the Local Authority to embark on a care plan involving the head-teacher of [named school] attempting to ‘counsel’ the applicant’s daughter;
- The applicant was dissatisfied that the VPD entry created on 8 June 2017 indicates that his children are safe and well in the care of their mother when no-one has made enquiry with them; and
- An officer from Police Scotland was unprofessional when dealing with the applicant. The applicant believed that this may be due to the officer having a relationship with his estranged wife’s cousin and being influenced in the way he dealt with matters.
Police Scotland’s Decision
Police Scotland upheld complaints 2 and 3, but did not uphold complaints 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
We have found that Police Scotland handled all but complaint 2 to a reasonable standard.
We have issued two learning points. We will continue to liaise with Police Scotland to ensure that our learning points are taken forward.
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