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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 - Northern Constabulary
    Reference:
    PIRC/481/12/NC
    Police Body:
    Report, Northern Constabulary
    Date:
    17 October 2013
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    481/12. The complaints in this case arose from the applicant’s detention and the seizure of his bicycle. Of the 15 complaints considered, it was found that six were dealt with in a reasonable manner while the remainder were not. Nine recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00462/12/SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    17 October 2013
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    462/12. The complaint in this case arose as a result of the applicant's home being searched by the police. The Commissioner found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PIRC/507/12/SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    17 October 2013
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    507/12. The complaints in this case arose from an incident on 29 April 2012 in which the applicant was arrested for a breach of the peace. The Commissioner considered six complaints, all of which were found to have been dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Central Scotland Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00487/12/CSP
    Police Body:
    Report, Central Scotland Police
    Date:
    12 September 2013
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    487/12. The complaints in this case arose from allegations made by the applicant that his wife, a Special Constable with the Police, had behaved inappropriately. Of the three complaints considered, the Commissioner found that two were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remaining complaint was not. A single recommendation was made in this connection. The Commissioner upheld a fourth complaint concerning the time taken to deal with the applicant's complaints. A further recommendation was made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Lothian and Borders
    Reference:
    PCCS/349/12/LBP
    Police Body:
    Report, Lothian & Borders Police
    Date:
    12 September 2013
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    349/12. The complaint in this case arose from an incident in which the applicant was stopped by the police for speeding. The Commissioner found that the complaint was not dealt with to a reasonable standard. For the reasons given in the report, however, no recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Northern Constabulary
    Reference:
    PCCS/00455/12/NC
    Police Body:
    Report, Northern Constabulary
    Date:
    12 September 2013
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    455/12. The complaints in this case arose from an incident where the applicant contacted the police to help him locate his teenage daughter. Of the two complaints considered, it was found that one was dealt with to a reasonable standard while the other was not. A single recommendation was made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00286/12/SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    12 September 2013
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    286/12. The applicant's complaints concern the quality of the police investigation into a road traffic incident which he reported. Of the two complaints considered, the Commissioner found that one was dealt with to a reasonable standard whilst the other was not. A single recommendation was made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00464/12/PF-SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    12 September 2013
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    464/12. The complaint in this case arose from an incident which resulted in the applicant's son being charged with an offence. The Commissioner found that the complaint was not dealt with to a reasonable standard. Two recommendations were made in this connection. A learning point was also identified. A further complaint regarding the manner in which the other complaint was dealt with was not upheld.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00488/12/SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    12 September 2013
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    488/12. The complaint in this case arose from the applicant being issued with a fixed penalty notice. The Commissioner found that this was complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00509/12/SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    12 September 2013
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    509/12. The complaints in this case arose from an altercation between the applicant and his neighbour which resulted in each being charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal. Of the five complaints considered, it was found that two were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remainder were not. Two recommendations were made in this connection.