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As part of the reform of Scottish police services in April 2013, the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) was established. The Act expanded the role and responsibilities of the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland (PCCS) to include conducting independent investigation into the most serious incidents involving the police.  

In Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal (COPFS) directed investigations the Commissioner is not authorised, in terms of Section 43(8) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 as amended by the Police & Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012, to publish her report.

Where the Commissioner conducts an investigation following a referral from the Chief Constable or from another policing body operating in Scotland, the legislation permits the Commissioner to publish her conclusions unless criminal proceedings are still in contemplation.

Where the Commissioner conducts an investigation following a referral from the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) regarding misconduct by a senior officer of the rank of ACC and above, the Commissioner is not authorised to publish her report.

To find out more about the types of matters we may be required to investigate, please see our investigations FAQs.

Find out more about current investigations here.

Where possible, the PIRC will publish an investigation report online in relation to the investigation. These may include cases which the Commissioner investigated at the direction of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), cases referred to the Commissioner by Police Scotland or the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) for independent investigation and cases of significant public interest which the Commissioner investigated.

Find out more about our procedures for reporting on non-criminal investigations here.

To view investigation reports, choose a report type from the menu below or use drop down menu at the top of this page.

All reports
All firearm reports

Live fire

Baton rounds

Tasers
Assessments

Deaths in custody or following police contact

Serious injury in custody or following police contact

Fatal traffic collisions involving police

Use of CS sprays

Other significant investigations