27 January 2023 | Our Business
FOISA Response No. 831 – average cost of investigation
Where relevant, we publish our responses to Freedom of Information requests under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).
This response addressed the following query:
"Per the Freedom of Information Scotland act 2002, Please provide the following information contained in your records:
"an average cost of investigating death following police contact"
The PIRC has considered this as a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“FOISA”). An application for information held by public authorities under section 1 of FOISA requires that a public authority release all information held, subject to any applicable exemptions.
We have calculated the time cost of 135 PIRC investigations where we investigated a death following police contact from 2015 to 2022, and the average cost for investigations staff time across all investigations is £17,535.