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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.

Live fire investigation reports:

  • 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: 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: 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: 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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