10 August 2020 | Complaint Reviews
Report - Police Scotland PIRC/00417/19
Our role is to review the way in which policing bodies handle complaints made about them. It is not to investigate the circumstances which led to the complaint or uphold allegations made. When carrying out a Complaint Handling Review (CHR) we consider a number of factors, including whether police carried out sufficient enquiries; their response was supported by the material information available and whether the police response was adequately reasoned.
The complaints in this case arose after the applicant was stopped and searched by officers as he matched the description of a suspect in an alleged robbery.
We have reviewed the handling of three complaints, namely that on 19 August 2019:
- Detective Constable A did not identify himself to the applicant as a police officer when he stopped and searched him;
- Detective Constable A did not explain the reason for the stop and search; and
- Detective Constable A displayed a poor manner towards the applicant during the stop and search.
Police Scotland’s Decision
Police Scotland did not uphold any of the complaints.
We have found that Police Scotland handled all three complaints to a reasonable standard.
We have made an observation.
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