04 January 2018 | Investigations
PIRC Investigation: Commissioner launches investigation in misconduct allegations about senior Police Scotland officer
The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating allegations of misconduct and gross misconduct about a senior officer with Police Scotland.
A number of anonymous allegations, some of which were criminal, about police officers including the senior officer, were sent to the Commissioner in October.
She referred the criminal allegations to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service( COPFS) as required.
Other allegations of misconduct by the senior police officer were referred by the Commissioner to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) on 18 October 2017 as it requires to carry out an initial assessment.
In November the SPA referred the allegations of misconduct about the senior officer to the PIRC.
Following its initial assessment the SPA indicated that, if proved, these allegations would amount to gross misconduct and took the decision to suspend the officer.
The Commissioner assessed the various allegations and considers that some, if proved, would amount to gross misconduct and others, if proved, would amount to misconduct.
The senior police officer was served with a Notice of Investigation on 4 January 2018 and informed that he is the subject of a misconduct investigation.
A report will be submitted to the SPA in due course.