12 March 2018 | Complaint Reviews
Report - Police Scotland PIRC/00452/17
The complaints in this case arose from the applicant’s contact with the police in relation to an ongoing dispute between her family and the tenant of her brother’s property.
We considered a single complaint, namely that an officer lied to his superior as he stated that the applicant had contrived an allegation of indecent exposure to get a police response.
Police Scotland’s Decision
As a result of its investigation into the complaint, Police Scotland did not uphold the applicant’s complaint.
Having reviewed the handling of the complaint, we do not agree with Police Scotland’s decision. We have found that Police Scotland did not handle the complaint to a reasonable standard.
Consequently, we have made one recommendation to address the shortcomings identified in Police Scotland’s response to the complaint. We recommend that Police Scotland reassesses the complaint on the basis of the points outlined herein. When doing so, Police Scotland should consider obtaining further accounts from the two officers concerned, in which they are asked to address the crux of this complaint. A fresh response should be provided to the applicant thereafter, which fully addresses her complaint and considers the points outlined herein.
We expect our recommendation to be implemented by Police Scotland within two months of the date of this report.
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