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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.

Use of CS Spray investigation reports:

  • 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: 19 December 2013
    British Transport Police justified in using Captor Spray

    The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that British Transport Police were justified in using Captor Incapacitant Spray in dealing with a confrontation between a large number of rival football supporters that arose after a Champions League match on Tuesday 22 October 2013.


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