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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 - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/150/13
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    19 February 2014
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    150/13. The complaints in this case arose from the applicant's detention following an allegation made against him by his former wife. Of the five complaints considered, it was found that none was dealt with to a reasonable standard. Three recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/155/13
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    19 February 2014
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    155/13. The complaints in this case arose from the arrest of the applicant's daughter for assault and breach of the peace. Of the 11 complaints considered, it was found that five were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remainder were not. Six recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00462/10
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    19 February 2014
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    462/10. The complaints in this case relate to the applicant being stopped by the police and subsequently questioned over money in his possession. Of the three complaints considered, it was found that none was dealt with to a reasonable standard. One recommendation was made in this connection and a learning point identified.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PIRC/00195/13
    Police Body:
    Strathclyde Police, Report
    Date:
    19 February 2014
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    195/13. The complaints in this case arose from the applicant reporting to the police threats she believed had been made towards her on a social networking site. Of the two complaints considered, it was found that neither was dealt with to a reasonable standard. Two recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Fife Constabulary
    Reference:
    PIRC/00037/13/FC
    Police Body:
    Report, Fife Constabulary
    Date:
    22 January 2014
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    37/13. The complaints in this case arose from the applicant's contact with the police in connection with damage to his shop. The Commissioner reviewed the handling of two complaints, neither of which were considered to have been dealt with to a reasonable standard. Two recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Northern Constabulary
    Reference:
    120/13
    Police Body:
    Report, Northern Constabulary
    Date:
    22 January 2014
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    120/13. The complaint in this case arose from an incident in which the applicant made an allegation of dangerous driving. The Commissioner identified one complaint and found that it was not dealt with to a reasonable standard. A single recommendation was made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    130/13
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    22 January 2014
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    130/13. The complaints in this case arose from the applicant and her husband's involvement in an altercation with the driver of another vehicle. Of the three complaints considered, it was found that none were dealt with to a reasonable standard. Three recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    131/13
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    22 January 2014
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    131/13. The complaints in this case arose following the attendance of two police officers at the applicant's home in response to a complaint from his neighbour. Of the three complaints considered, it was found that two were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remaining complaint was not. A single recommendation was made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    167/13
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    22 January 2014
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    167/13. The complaints in this case arose from an incident in which the applicant's friends were stopped by the police for speeding. Two complaints were considered, neither of which was found to have been dealt with to a reasonable standard. Two recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    541/12
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    22 January 2014
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    541/12. The complaints in this case arose from the applicant being issued with a fixed penalty notice for not wearing a seatbelt. Of the three complaints considered, it was found that one was dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remainder were not. A single recommendation was made.