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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 - 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.
  • Title:
    Report - Central Scotland Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00472/12/SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Central Scotland Police
    Date:
    21 August 2013
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    472/12. The applicant's complaint arose from an incident in which his son was arrested and held in custody. The Commissioner found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Fife Constabulary
    Reference:
    PCCS/00457/12/FC
    Police Body:
    Report, Fife Constabulary
    Date:
    21 August 2013
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    457/12. Fife Constabulary requested, under section 35(1)(b) of the Police Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006, that the Commissioner examine the way in which it had dealt with a number of complaints arising from an allegation of theft which had been made against a complainer. Of the five complaints considered, the Commissioner found that three were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remainder were not. Two recommendations were made in this connection. Two learning points were also identified.
  • Title:
    Report - Grampian Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00461/12/GP
    Police Body:
    Report, Grampian Police
    Date:
    21 August 2013
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    461/12. The complaints in this case arose from the applicant's contact with the police on various occasions. Of the five complaints considered, the Commissioner found that all but one were dealt with to a reasonable standard. For the reasons given in the report, no recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Grampian Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00473/12/GP
    Police Body:
    Report, Grampian Police
    Date:
    21 August 2013
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    473/12. The complaint in this case arose from the police handling of an incident in which the applicant was assaulted. The Commissioner found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Lothian and Borders
    Reference:
    PCCS/00486/12/L&B
    Police Body:
    Report, Lothian & Borders Police
    Date:
    21 August 2013
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    486/12. The complaints in this case arose as a result of the applicant being reported to the Procurator Fiscal for an alleged contravention of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The Commissioner considered three complaints and found that one was dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remainder were not. Two recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Northern Constabulary
    Reference:
    PCCS/00404/12/NC
    Police Body:
    Report, Northern Constabulary
    Date:
    21 August 2013
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    404/12. The complaints in this case arose from the police investigation into the sudden death of the applicant's husband. Of the four complaints considered, it was found that two were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remainder were not. A single recommendation was made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Northern Constabulary
    Reference:
    PCCS/00438/12/NC
    Police Body:
    Report, Northern Constabulary
    Date:
    21 August 2013
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    438/12. The complaints in this case arose as a consequence of the applicant's contact with the police on a number of occasions. The Commissioner considered four complaints, all of which were found to have been dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00141/11/PF - SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    21 August 2013
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    141/11. The applicant’s complaint arose from alleged anti-social behaviour by her neighbour. The Commissioner found that Strathclyde Police did not deal with the complaint to a reasonable standard. A single recommendation was made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00196/12/SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    21 August 2013
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    196/12. The complaint in this case arose from the detention and arrest of the applicant's son. The Commissioner found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.