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Contact the PIRC press office on 01698 542 920.  Out of hours media enquiries to 07760 990 897.  Please note this number is for journalists only.

In Crown Office directed investigations the Commissioner is not authorised, in terms of Section 43 (8) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 as amended by the Police & Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012, to publish her report. 

Where the Commissioner conducts an investigation following a referral from the Chief Constable or from another policing body operating in Scotland, the legislation permits the Commissioner to publish her conclusions unless criminal proceedings are still in contemplation.

Where the Commissioner conducts an investigation following a referral from the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) regarding misconduct by a senior officer of the rank of ACC and above, the Commissioner is not authorised to publish her report.

  • 1 July 2013
    PIRC investigation - taser use in Paisley

    The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner has submitted a report to the Police Service of Scotland following the discharge of a taser by ARV officers at a house in Paisley on Thursday 6 June 2013.


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  • 1 July 2013
    PIRC investigation - road traffic accident in Forfar on 1 June

    The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner has submitted a report to the Police Service of Scotland following its investigation into the circumstances surrounding a serious road traffic accident in Forfar in the early hours of Saturday 1 June 2013.


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  • 19 June 2013
    Taser use "proportionate and justified" against 15 year old boy 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. In a report issued today to the Chief Constable and the Scottish Police Authority the Commissioner concludes that the use of the baton round and taser was "proportionate and justified".


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  • 14 June 2013
    PIRC investigation - road traffic accident on A92 on 2 June 2013

    Following an incident on Sunday 2 June involving a 39 year old male pedestrian and a vehicle on the A92 Arbroath to Carnoustie road, the Police Service of Scotland referred the matter the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner. In its independent investigation report published on 14 August 2013, the PIRC is critical of Police Scotland's management and response to various incidents leading up to and following the serious road accident near Arbroath in June this year.


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  • 14 June 2013
    PIRC investigation - road traffic accident in Dunfermline

    Following a road traffic accident involving a marked police vehicle and a car at 14.48 on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at Halbeath Road, Dunfermline at its junction with Lambert Drive, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service referred the matter to the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner. A report has been submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.


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  • 13 June 2013
    PIRC investigation - death of a 30 year old male in Aberdeen

    Following the death of a male aged 30 on 6 May 2013 on the Great Northern Road in Aberdeen, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service instructed the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) to carry out an independent investigation into the circumstances leading up to his death. A report has been submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.


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  • 5 June 2013
    Justice Secretary visits PIRC

    The Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill took time out from a busy week at Holyrood to pay a visit to meet staff from the police watchdog, the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC), who are based in Hamilton.


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  • 29 May 2013
    PIRC investigation - death of 48 year old male following incident in Barmulloch, Glasgow

    The Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service instructed the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner to carry out an investigation into the circumstances leading to the death on 27 May 2013 of a 48 year old man. A report has been submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.


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  • 20 May 2013
    PIRC investigation - taser use in Edinburgh

    The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner has assessed the discharge of a taser in Edinburgh on 15 May 2013.


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  • 17 May 2013
    PIRC Investigation - COPFS instructed investigation following death of man in Perth

    The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has instructed the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner to carry out an independent investigation into the circumstances leading up to the death of man in Perth.


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