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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.

All firearm reports investigation reports:

  • 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: 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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  • Publication date: 23 March 2015
    Use of CS Spray in petrol station forecourt, Aberdeenshire, 12 November 2014

    On 12 November 2014, officers from Police Scotland attended at a petrol station in Aberdeenshire to locate a 44 year old man, who was wanted in relation to outstanding warrants. As officers tried to arrest him, the man got into his vehicle and a struggle ensued resulting in one of the officers having his hand trapped in the door. The officer managed to open the door, released his hand and discharged his CS spray at the man. All incidences of Police Scotland use of firearms, including CS spray, must be referred to the PIRC for independent assessment and, where deemed appropriate, investigated.


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  • Publication date: 23 March 2015
    Use of CS Spray, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, 18 October 2014

    On Saturday 18 October 2014, officers from Police Scotland accompanied a 26 year old man to Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, after he had collapsed in a police vehicle following his detention. Once at hospital he became violent, attacking the officers and causing disruption in the Accident and Emergency Department. As a result, one of the officers discharged CS Spray in an effort to control him. All incidences of Police Scotland use of firearms, including CS spray, must be referred to the PIRC for independent assessment and, where deemed appropriate, investigated.


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  • Publication date: 16 March 2015
    Taser discharge in Dundee on 10 January 2015

    On Saturday 10 January 2015, officers of Police Scotland discharged a conducted energy device (a ‘taser') at a 47 year old male within his home in Dundee. Officers had been called to the flat by a family friend who was concerned about his welfare as he had barricaded himself in his home and was threatening to harm himself. All incidents of Police Scotland's use of firearms, including tasers, must be referred to the PIRC for independent investigation.


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  • Publication date: 21 January 2015
    Taser discharge in Glenrothes police office on 2 December 2014

    On Tuesday 2nd December 2014 there was an unintentional discharge of a Conducted Energy Device (commonly known as taser), within the armed response vehicle loading bay at Glenrothes police office. No person was injured as a result of the discharge and there was no damage to property. Two recommendations were made


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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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