Police Investigations & Review Commissionner

The post of the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is a Ministerial appointment first established in 2007 by the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (“the Act”) and amended by the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012.

Under the Act, the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner:

– Undertakes independent investigations into the most serious incidents involving the police

– Undertakes independent examination of the way the police handle complaints from the public

– Undertakes independent investigations into allegations of misconduct by senior officers.

– Provides independent scrutiny of the arrangements that police bodies operating in Scotland have in place to respond to complaints from the public

Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is representing by :

Kate Frame, Commissioner

John Mitchell, Director of Investigations

Powers

– Independently investigates serious incidents involving the Police

– Independently examines the way police handle non-criminal complaints

– Independently investigates allegations of misconduct by senior police officers

– Independent scrutiny of the arrangements that police bodies operating in Scotland have in place to respond to complaints from the public

Number of Complaints in 2016

Referrals for independent investigation : 394
Referrals for independent examination : 903