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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.

Serious injury in custody or following police contact investigation reports:

  • Publication date: 23 March 2016
    Serious injury following police contact in Uddingston on 3 October 2015

    In the early hours of Saturday 3 October 2015, two police officers in a marked police car were involved in the pursuit of a car in Uddingston that had failed to stop when signalled to do so by the activation of the police car's blue lights. The pursued car travelled in excess of 80 mph in a 30 mph limit on the wrong side of the roadway before stopping around a mile later, at which point the two male passengers left the car and made off on foot before the car accelerated away from the scene.

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  • Publication date: 30 April 2015
    Serious injury following police contact in Aberdeen on 26 October 2014

    On the morning of 26 October 2014, a 39 year old man who was being held in Police Scotland's custody centre at Kittybrewster, Aberdeen, was found to have suffered a fracture to his elbow. He had been arrested in Aberdeen city centre along with three other men earlier that morning following an incident. A fifth man who was in the vicinity was also restrained for some minutes before being released. Although around nineteen police officers ultimately attended the incident, the officers allowed a number of door stewards from local licensed premises to assist them in restraining these five men.

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  • Publication date: 30 March 2015
    Serious injury following police contact in Edinburgh on 1 December 2014

    On Monday 1 December 2014, officers of Police Scotland attended at an address in Edinburgh following reports of a man causing a disturbance in the common close. On arrival, officers found a 44 year old male who shouted, swore and was aggressive towards them. He was handcuffed, searched, arrested and placed into the rear caged cell section of a police van. On the way to the police office, officers had to stop the van because of the man's behaviour. At this point they saw him remove a package that he had hidden in his body and put it in his mouth.

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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: 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 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: 23 October 2013
    Serious injury following police contact in Edinburgh, 12 June 2013

    In the late evening of Wednesday 12 June 2013, a 39 year old man fell from the 7th floor of his home in a block of flats in the Leith area of Edinburgh sustaining serious injuries. There were no suspicious circumstances. The man suffered from mental ill health and had been treated for psychiatric illness.

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  • Publication date: 7 October 2013
    Police contact prior to serious road accident in Forfar on 1 June 2013

    On 1 June 2013 a road accident occurred in Forfar where a 30 year-old woman pedestrian was struck by a car, receiving serious injuries. The male responsible was later arrested and charged with various road traffic offences including driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. He plead guilty to these charges at a subsequent court appearance.

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  • Publication date: 14 August 2013
    PIRC identifies shortcomings in police management and response following an investigation into a road accident near Arbroath

    The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that there were failings in the police management and response to various incidents leading up to and following a serious road accident near Arbroath.

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