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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/354/12/PF-SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    18 June 2013
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    354/12. The applicant's complaints arose from his being issued a "threat to life" warning by the police. Of the ten complaints considered, it was found that five were dealt with to a reasonable standard while the remainder were not. Three recommendations were made in this connection. On 1 April 2013, the Police Service of Scotland assumed responsibility for policing in Scotland. Accordingly, responsibility for implementing the recommendations lies with the Police Service of Scotland.
  • Title:
    Report - Tayside Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00401/12/PF - TP
    Police Body:
    Tayside Police, Report
    Date:
    18 June 2013
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    401/12.The complaint in this case arose from a telephone conversation between the applicant’s wife and a police officer. The Commissioner found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Central Scotland Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00301/12/PF‐CSP
    Police Body:
    Report, Central Scotland Police
    Date:
    17 May 2013
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    301/12. The applicant's complaints arose from his detention and arrest for an alleged domestic offence. Of the four complaints considered, the Commissioner found that two were dealt with to a reasonable standard, while the remainder were not.
  • Title:
    Report - Central Scotland Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/470/12/PF-CSP
    Police Body:
    Central Scotland Police, Report
    Date:
    17 May 2013
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    470/12. The applicant's complaint arose from his involvement with the police following his son's death. The Commissioner found that the complaint was not dealt with in a reasonable manner.
  • Title:
    Report - Fife Constabulary
    Reference:
    PCCS/00009/10/PF – FC
    Police Body:
    Fife Constabulary, Report
    Date:
    17 May 2013
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    9/10. The applicant's complaints concern the way in which Fife Constabulary investigated various incidents reported by him and his family.
  • Title:
    Report - Northern Constabulary
    Reference:
    PCCS/00204/12/PF - NC
    Police Body:
    Report, Northern Constabulary
    Date:
    17 May 2013
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    204/12. The applicant's complaints arose from an incident in which her son was assaulted. The PIRC identified two complaints and found that one was dealt with to a reasonable standard while the other was not. A single recommendation was made in this con
  • Title:
    Report - Strathclyde Police
    Reference:
    PCCS/00403/12/PF – SP
    Police Body:
    Report, Strathclyde Police
    Date:
    17 May 2013
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    403/12. The applicant's complaint arose from an incident in which he was searched by police officers under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.