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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.

Tasers investigation reports:

  • 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: 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: 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: 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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  • Publication date: 4 November 2013
    Police justified in using taser against 31 year old male in Dundee

    About 2330 hours on Sunday 1 September 2013, at Dunmore Street, Dundee, an officer from Police Scotland discharged a Conducted Energy Device (taser) against a 31 year old male who had been reported as being in possession of a knife, threatened harm against police officers, was behaving irrationally and had injured himself within a motor vehicle.


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  • Publication date: 21 October 2013
    Police justified in using taser against 34 year-old man with sword

    The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that police were justified in using tasers to control and disarm a 34 year old man who was threatening harm to himself, members of the public and officers.


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  • Publication date: 27 August 2013
    Police justified in using taser against 32 year-old man with knife

    The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that police were justified in using tasers to control and disarm a 32 year old man who was threatening harm to himself, members of the public and officers.


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  • Publication date: 18 June 2013
    Police justified in using taser against 15 year old with knife

    The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that police were justified in using a baton round and taser to disarm a 15 year old boy who was threatening both himself and officers.


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