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The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner carries out independent review of the way in which police bodies operating in Scotland deal with complaints made by members of the public.

The Commissioner often publishes reports, known as Complaint Handling Reviews, in anonymised form. This is to provide assurance to the public that there is robust and independent oversight of police complaints handling in Scotland. On occasion a press release to highlight in the media an issue arising from a CHR may be issued, these can be found in the press centre.

Here you will find Complaint Handling Reviews published by the Commissioner.  All reviews are completely anonymised prior to publication. 

Click here to access reviews carried out under the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland.

  • Title:
    Report - Fife Constabulary
    Reference:
    PIRC/00034/13/FC
    Police Body:
    Fife Constabulary, Report
    Date:
    22 November 2013
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    34/13. The complaints in this case arose from an incident in which a police van blocked access to the applicant's garage. Of the 16 complaints considered, it was found that 15 were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remaining complaint was not. For the reasons given in the report, no recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Fife Constabulary
    Reference:
    PIRC/00527/12/FC
    Police Body:
    Fife Constabulary, Report
    Date:
    22 November 2013
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    527/12. The complaints in this case arose from the detention of the applicant's wife in connection with an alleged contravention of the Communications Act 2003. The Commissioner considered two complaints, both of which he found to have been dealt with to a reasonable standard. For the reasons given in the report, however, the Commissioner made a single recommendation in this connection. The Commissioner also upheld a third complaint about the manner in which the two substantive complaints had been dealt with. A single recommendation was made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PIRC/00008/13/SP
    Police Body:
    Strathclyde Police, Report
    Date:
    22 November 2013
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    8/13. The complaints in this case arose from an incident which resulted in the applicant being arrested for a breach of the peace. Of the three complaints considered, it was found that none was dealt with to a reasonable standard. Two recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PIRC/00036/13/SP
    Police Body:
    Strathclyde Police, Report
    Date:
    22 November 2013
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    36/13. The complaints in this case arose after the applicant had reported to the police that a vehicle had collided with his van. Of the four complaints considered, it was found that none was dealt with to a reasonable standard. Two recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PIRC/00515/12/SP
    Police Body:
    Strathclyde Police, Report
    Date:
    22 November 2013
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    The applicant's complaint arose from her detention by the police. 515/12. The Commissioner found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. For the reasons given in the report, however, a single recommendation was made.
  • Title:
    Report - Tayside Police
    Reference:
    PIRC/00009/13/TP
    Police Body:
    Report, Tayside Police
    Date:
    22 November 2013
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    9/13. The complaint in this case arose from the action taken by the police following the sudden death of the applicant's wife. The Commissioner considered that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Tayside Police
    Reference:
    PIRC/00446/12/TP
    Police Body:
    Tayside Police, Report
    Date:
    22 November 2013
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    446/12. The complaints in this case arose from the action taken by police officers following an alleged breach of the peace involving the applicant. Of the four complaints considered, the Commissioner found that all but one were dealt with to a reasonable standard. Three recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Dumfries & Galloway
    Reference:
    PIRC/00544/12/D&G
    Police Body:
    Report, Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary
    Date:
    17 October 2013
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    544/12. The complaints in this case arose from the applicant being detained, and charged with a firearms offence. Of the five complaints considered, the Commissioner found that four were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remaining complaint was not. A single recommendation was made.
  • Title:
    Report - Lothian and Borders
    Reference:
    PIRC/00355/11/L&B
    Police Body:
    Report, Lothian & Borders Police
    Date:
    17 October 2013
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    355/11. The complaints in this case arose from three separate incidents in which the applicant came into contact with officers of Lothian and Borders Police. Of the eight complaints considered, the Commissioner found that all were dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Northern Constabulary
    Reference:
    PCCS/00311/11/NC
    Police Body:
    Report, Northern Constabulary
    Date:
    17 October 2013
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    311/11. The complaints in this case arose from various incidents in which the applicant had contact with the police. Of the four complaints considered, it was found that three were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remaining complaint was not. A single recommendation was made in this connection.