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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: 9 April 2014
    PIRC investigation: Serious injury after police contact - 5 February 2014 in Perth

    About 10 o'clock on the evening of Wednesday 5 February 2014, Police Scotland received a report from a member of the public that a navy blue van was being driven erratically on the A85. A police car, driving between 30 to 40 miles an hour, followed the van with blue lights displayed and siren activated. After travelling a distance of almost three miles, the van failed to negotiate a sharp left-hand bend and left the roadway. The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was later released from hospital. Since the incident the man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for Drink Driving and other Road Traffic charges.

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  • Publication date: 3 April 2014
    Police Scotland use taser to disarm violent and drunk man in Glasgow

    About 3 o'clock on the morning of Saturday 08 February 2014, in Arden, Glasgow, an officer from Police Scotland discharged a Conducted Energy Device (Taser) against a violent and heavily intoxicated 28 year old male who was armed with a knife and threatening to self-harm by repeatedly placing a knife to his throat.

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  • Publication date: 19 March 2014
    Firearms incident on the A9 Northbound near to Daviot in November 2013

    About midday on Thursday 14 November 2013, a 91 year old man, who was driving his car on the northbound carriageway of the A9 near Inverness, was stopped by armed officers of Police Scotland. Following the stop, four police officers pointed their guns at the man and detained him.

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  • Publication date: 7 February 2014
    Death in East Calder, Livingston, 16 November 2013

    About 7 o'clock on the morning of Saturday 16 November 2013, a 23 year old man who lived in the East Calder area of Livingston, was found by a member of the public hanging from a climbing frame at a local play area. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service instructed the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) to investigate the circumstances around the man's death, in particular whether the actions taken by the police to locate the man were sufficient.

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  • Publication date: 3 February 2014
    Police contact prior to serious road accident near Forfar on 30 June 2013

    On 30 June 2013 a road accident occurred near Forfar where a 19 year old male lost control of a vehicle and collided with a wall, receiving serious injuries. Three other passengers in the vehicle also sustained injuries, one serious. Prior to the crash, officers of Police Scotland had been provided with information by a member of the public allegedly that the male was driving the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

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  • Publication date: 30 January 2014
    Firearms incident in Kinghorn, Fife, on Tuesday 16 July 2013

    On 16 July 2013 Police Scotland received information relating to an ongoing incident between two opposing groups of youths in Kinghorn, Fife. Members of both groups had allegedly armed themselves with offensive weapons including knives. Members of the public phoned 999 informing the police of the incident and there was information to suggest that some of those involved had been injured. The overall management and response by Police was referred to PIRC for independent investigation.

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  • Publication date: 22 January 2014
    Death of 37 year old male in Edinburgh

    On the evening of Saturday 14 September 2013 the body of a 37 year old man, who lived alone, was found by police in his Edinburgh home after officers of Police Scotland forced entry. There were no suspicious circumstances. The date and time of death has not been determined. The overall management and response by police to the missing person enquiry was referred to the PIRC for independent investigation.

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  • Publication date: 16 January 2014
    Death of 67 year old man in Dunfermline on 20 September 2013

    At 1830 hours on 20 September 2013, a 67 year old man was found dead by relatives, within his home address in Dunfermline. About 0230 hours on 18 September, the man had been taken to his home address by police officers, after having been found lying sleeping on grass near to his home address. Police Scotland referred this incident to PIRC for investigation.

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  • Publication date: 14 January 2014
    Death of man in Edinburgh on 29 March 2013

    At 0815 hours on 29 March 2013, a 52 year old man was found dead within the home of a friend in the Restalrig area of Edinburgh. The man was known to police as a vulnerable person with alcohol misuse and serious health problems. As a result of police contact with the man in the days and hours before his death the Commissioner decided to undertake an investigation into the circumstances.

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  • Publication date: 24 December 2013
    Death of 69 year old man in Hamilton, 26 September 2013

    During the afternoon of Thursday 12 September 2013, a 69 year old man who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease was reported missing from North Lanarkshire. Police Scotland started a missing person enquiry. The overall management and response by police to the missing person enquiry was referred by Police Scotland to the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) requesting an independent investigation into the police handling of the enquiry and to consider important concerns raised by the family.

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