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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: 23 October 2014
    Serious injury on North Bridge in Edinburgh following police contact on 9 August

    About 5.45 in the afternoon of Monday 11 August 2014, a 50 year old man jumped from North Bridge, Edinburgh, falling a distance of approximately 20 metres onto the roof of Waverley Railway Station. The man broke both his legs and had to be rescued from the roof of the Station by police, fire and ambulance staff. The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

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  • Publication date: 17 October 2014
    Taser discharge in Irvine on 9 August 2014

    Around seven o’clock on the morning of Saturday 09 August 2014, an officer from Police Scotland received minor injuries following a disturbance by a violent and intoxicated male in Irvine, North Ayrshire. During the incident, the man threatened police officers and members of the public with a number of weapons including a knife. As a result, an officer discharged his Conducted Energy Device CED (Taser) at the man. The man has since been charged with a number of public order offences.

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  • Publication date: 10 September 2014
    Unintentional discharge of a police firearm (taser)

    On Monday 26 May 2014, an unintentional discharge of a police firearm, a Conducted Energy Device (CED) Taser, occurred within the firearms range at the Cornwall Mount Police Office, Dumfries. The incident caused slight injury to the Police Officer handling the device. All incidences of Police Scotland use of firearms, including CED Taser (Taser), must be referred to the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) for independent investigation.

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  • Publication date: 7 July 2014
    Unintentional discharge of a police firearm during training exercise on 28 April 2014

    Shortly before 11am on Monday 28 April 2014, an unintentional discharge of a police firearm, an Accuracy International 7.62 rifle, occurred during a Police Scotland firearms training exercise at Barry Buddon Military Ranges near Carnoustie. The bullet struck a brick wall and debris caused slight injury to a police officer.

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  • Publication date: 3 July 2014
    Serious injury in custody

    On Saturday 26 April 2014, a 39 year old woman, was seriously injured as a result of having the little finger on her right hand jammed in a cell door while in custody at Dundee Police Office, West Bell Street, Dundee. As a result, the small finger of her right hand was almost severed and was subsequently surgically shortened.

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  • Publication date: 25 June 2014
    Unintentional discharge of firearm at Gayfield Square Police Office

    On Monday 14 April 2014, at Gayfield Square Police Office, Edinburgh a home-made firearm which had been seized during a firearms operation by Police Scotland unintentionally discharged whilst being examined by forensic scientists from the Scottish Police Authority. No-one was hurt in the incident. All serious incidents involving Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority must be referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) for independent investigation. PIRC investigators examined the incident from the recovery of the firearm within the house to its unintentional discharge within Gayfield Square Police Office.

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  • Publication date: 29 May 2014
    Vehicle pursuit resulting in serious injury

    In the early hours of Monday 7 April 2014, two men aged 22 and 19 were seriously injured when their car collided with a parked van in Glasgow Road, Paisley. At the time of the crash the men were being pursued by the police.

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  • Publication date: 19 May 2014
    Death following contact with the police

    Shortly before midnight on Monday 17 February, a farmer contacted the police to report an incidence of a man shouting for help in a field on his farm that is close to Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock. Police searched the area that night and again during daylight hours the following morning, however found no-one.

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  • Publication date: 6 May 2014
    Unintentional discharge of a firearm at Ayr Police Office

    Shortly before 7 o'clock on the morning of Sunday 23 March 2014, an unintentional discharge of a police firearm occurred within a designated firearms room at Ayr Police Office when an officer inadvertently fired the weapon. The bullet struck a brick wall and no injuries resulted.

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  • Publication date: 23 April 2014
    Taser and PDD discharge in Dumfries in February 2014

    On the morning of Tuesday 25 February 2014 at a house in Dumfries, after a 16 hour stand-off between officers from Police Scotland and a 55 year old man who had locked himself in his bathroom and was threatening to commit suicide using a large knife, officers from Police Scotland discharged a Conducted Energy Device (Taser) and pyrotechnic distraction device (PDD). The use of the Taser and PDD allowed police to disarm the man and ensure that he did not fulfil his apparent intention to stab himself. During the incident the man sustained an injury which has caused him to lose the sight in one eye.

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