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Investigation Reports

Here you can view reports in relation to investigations carried out by the PIRC.  To narrow your search, please select a category from the drop down menu at the top of the page or enter a search term in the search box provided.  

In Crown Office directed investigations the Commissioner produces a report for the Crown Office to allow the Lord Advocate to determine what further action is appropriate. The Police Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 does not authorise the Commissioner to publish a report on a Crown Office directed investigation.

Where the Commissioner conducts an investigation following a referral from Police Scotland or other policing bodies operating in Scotland, the findings are normally published. In cases where there may be on-going criminal investigations into related matters the Commissioner may be unable to publish the findings until after the conclusion of the criminal investigation and any subsequent court proceedings. The legislation enables the Commissioner to publish findings on these investigations at an appropriate point.

In the case of a referral from the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) regarding Senior Office Misconduct, the Commissioner must submit the written report of the investigation to the SPA. It is the responsibility of the SPA to determine what, if any, action to take. In this instance the Commissioner will not publish the report of the investigative findings.

  • Publication date: 7 April 2017
    Police wholly justified in shooting tyres of vehicle involved in ATM theft in Arbroath on 12 February 2016

    On 12 February 2016, officers of Police Scotland discharged three shotgun tyre deflation rounds (TDRs) at a vehicle's tyres in Westway Retail Park, Dundee Road, Arbroath. The occupants of the vehicle were arrested for an earlier theft of an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in Carnoustie and other crimes.

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  • Publication date: 20 January 2017
    Death of a man in Dundee on 7 September 2016 following prior interaction with police

    About 0330 hours on 7 September 2016, Police Scotland received a call from a woman reporting that she could hear her neighbours shouting and the sound of a child crying, coming from the top floor flat in Dundee.

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  • Publication date: 6 January 2017
    Discharge of CS Spray in Dumbarton on 11 October 2015

    On 11 October 2015, officers from Police Scotland attended at an ongoing disturbance involving a female outside a nightclub in Dumbarton.

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  • Publication date: 13 December 2016
    Discharge of a Taser near to Shiel Bridge, Glenshiel, on 1 September 2016

    On 1 September 2016, officers of Police Scotland discharged a conducted energy device (commonly known as a 'Taser') at a 47 year old man near to Shiel Bridge, Glenshiel.

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  • Publication date: 12 July 2016
    Police response to call about welfare of 72-year-old man

    On 19 April 2016, a Neighbourhood Support Officer employed by the City of Edinburgh Council telephoned Police Scotland to report that she had concerns for a man, aged 72 who was the subject of regular welfare visits. There had been no reply at the home address of the man and he had not been seen for a few days.

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  • Publication date: 30 March 2016
    Unintentional discharge of a police firearm at Longannet Power Station on 14 December 2015

    On 14 December 2015, a G36C Carbine loaded with FX simunition paint rounds was unintentionally discharged by an officer during a training exercise located within Longannet Power Station, Alloa, Fife. A pin board attached to a wall was slightly damaged but nobody was injured as a result of the discharge.

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  • Publication date: 23 March 2016
    Serious injury following police contact in Uddingston on 3 October 2015

    In the early hours of Saturday 3 October 2015, two police officers in a marked police car were involved in the pursuit of a car in Uddingston that had failed to stop when signalled to do so by the activation of the police car's blue lights. The pursued car travelled in excess of 80 mph in a 30 mph limit on the wrong side of the roadway before stopping around a mile later, at which point the two male passengers left the car and made off on foot before the car accelerated away from the scene.

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  • Publication date: 22 October 2015
    Discharge of a taser in Alloa on 31 March 2015

    On 31 March 2015, officers of Police Scotland discharged a conducted energy device (commonly known as a 'taser') at a 24 year old man in his home in Alloa. Officers had been called after the man had been seen chasing people in the street with an axe.

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  • Publication date: 24 July 2015
    Unintentional discharge of a firearm in Glenrothes on 28 May 2015

    On 28 May 2015, a Remington 870 Shotgun was unintentionally discharged by an officer during a training exercise at Police Scotland’s firearms range at Glenrothes. A wall was damaged but nobody was injured as a result of the discharge.

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  • Publication date: 1 July 2015
    Discharge of a taser at Hunterston Police Station on 7 March 2015

    On 7 March 2015 a Conducted Energy Device (commonly known as a "Taser") was unintentionally discharged in a personal locker and changing room at Hunterston police station, located within Hunterston B Power Station, Ayrshire. Nobody was injured as a result of the discharge and no property was damaged. Under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) and the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC), CNC referred the incident to the PIRC for independent investigation.

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