Report - Police Scotland

Reference:
PIRC/00585/15
Police Body:
Report, Police Scotland
Date:
7 August 2017
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585.15 The complaints in this case arose from the applicant's concerns over a lack of investigation into "suspicious" deaths within a specific NHS Board area.

Six complaints were reviewed, namely:

1. that Police Scotland obtained no independent evidence during its review of the reported incidents;

2. that the evidence provided by Police Scotland did not enable prosecutors to make a valid decision and was not in accordance with prosecution principles;

3. that Police Scotland's review was only a paper exercise;

4. that Police Scotland mistakenly looked only for criminal intent and not criminal negligence;

5. that Police Scotland did not follow the Scottish Work-Related Deaths Protocol; and

6. that Police Scotland did not use the Enforcement Management Model.

It was found that one complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard and five were not. Five recommendations were made in this connection.

Police Bodies: Police Scotland

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