Freedom of information


The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires Scottish public bodies to produce and maintain a publication scheme.

What is a publication scheme?

Essentially, a publication scheme is:

  • a commitment to make information available routinely, without waiting for someone specifically to request it
  • a guide to the information we publish, or intend to publish - not limited to printed information, but including other formats, such as electronic 
  • a means of enabling you to understand better what information is available to you and how to access the information you seek

The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner has adopted the Model Publication Scheme 2015 produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner and approved until 31 May 2019.  This scheme forms the basis of the PIRC Guide to Information. 

The purpose of the PIRC Guide to Information is to:

  • allow you to see what information is available and what is not available
  • state what charges may be applied for information requests
  • explain how to find the information easily
  • provide contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information
  • explain how to request information we hold that has not been published

View the full Guide to Information.  Alternatively contact us and we will post a copy to you. 

If you have any queries about any aspect of the publication scheme, please contact us.

Find out more about requesting information.