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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/00221/16
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    28 November 2016
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    221.16 The complaints in this case arose from police officers stopping the applicant as they believed he had committed a speeding offence. Four complaints were considered, namely: 1. that the police vehicle conducting the speed check was hidden from view and was 10 to 11 metres from the roadside; 2. that another vehicle was in sight when the speed of the applicant's vehicle was checked, against police guidelines; 3. that the time allegedly taken to check the speed of the applicant's vehicle was incorrect; and 4. that police officers failed to provide video evidence from the police vehicle video for the court proceedings. The review found that all four complaints were dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00258/16
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    28 November 2016
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    258.16 The complaints in this case arose when police officers attended at the applicant's home address and seized his firearms. Four complaints were reviewed, namely: 1) that Police Scotland refused to provide an explanation for the seizure of the applicant's firearms; 2) that the applicant was asked to sign incorrect documentation; 3) that Police Scotland discriminated against the applicant by failing to make alternative provision for his disability (deafness); and, 4) that there were delays in progressing the investigation in connection with the applicant's suitability as a firearms licence holder. The review found that one of the complaints was dealt with to a reasonable standard and three were not. Two recommendations were made and a learning point was identified.
  • Title:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00563/15
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    28 November 2016
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    563.15 The complaint in this case arose from a search of the applicant's property by Police Scotland using a warrant obtained under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. One complaint was considered: that Police Scotland retained a large sum of money seized during this search, despite being provided with information confirming its legitimacy. The review found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00115/16
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    21 November 2016
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    115/16. The complaints in this case arose from the police attending at the applicant’s home, subsequently searching it and seizing property belonging to the applicant. Seven complaints were reviewed, namely: 1. that, having taken possession of his property, Police Scotland destroyed the property without the applicant’s permission; 2. that, having seized various sums of monies from the applicant, Police Scotland disposed of it under the Proceeds of Crime Act; 3. that, having seized the applicant’s motor vehicle, Police Scotland did not return it to him; 4. that officers attended the applicant’s address in relation to disturbances that had not taken place; 5. that officers entered the applicant’s home on 21 December 2015 without permission or warrant; 6. that the applicant was subject to searches on the street by officers; and 7. that officers entered the applicant’s home on 5 February 2016 on a “drugs search warrant”. The review found that four complaints were dealt with to a reasonable standard while three complaints were not. Four recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00254/16
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    21 November 2016
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    254/16. The complaints in this case arose from police officers’ attendance at a disturbance at the address of a person known to the applicant. One complaint was reviewed, namely: that the applicant was wrongfully arrested. The review found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00283/16
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    21 November 2016
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    283/16. The complaint in this case arose from the applicant being accused of swearing at a police officer’s wife. One complaint was reviewed, namely: that a police officer attempted to influence the enquiry into a report made by his wife about the applicant. The review found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00016/16
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    14 November 2016
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    16/16. The complaints in this case arose from a Police Scotland investigation into allegations made by the applicant about his neighbour. Two complaints were considered: 1. That a police officer demonstrated bias in favour of the applicant’s neighbour during the investigation by not following the instructions of a senior officer; and 2. That a police officer divulged confidential and personal information about the applicant to the applicant’s neighbour and/or her daughter. It was found that neither of the complaints was dealt with to a reasonable standard, however for the reasons given in the report, no recommendations have been made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00073/16
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    14 November 2016
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    73/16. The complaints in this case arose from an incident between the applicant, his ex-partner and her current partner. Four complaints were considered, namely: 1. that police officers did not record all details during the applicant’s interview; 2. the interview was not read back to the applicant and he was not asked to sign the record of the interview; 3. that the police did not contact the applicant’s partner whilst he was in custody; and 4. that insufficient enquiry was carried out by the police into an allegation the applicant had made. The review found that two complaints were dealt with to a reasonable standard while two complaints were not. Four recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00217/16
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    14 November 2016
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    217/16. The complaints in this case arose from an officer’s conversation with the applicant in relation to an ongoing complaint regarding noise pollution. One complaint was reviewed, namely that the officer allegedly made discriminatory remarks. The review found that the complaint was not dealt with to a reasonable standard. Two recommendations were made in this connection.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00301/16
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    14 November 2016
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    301/16. The complaint in this case arose from police attendance at the applicant’s home address in relation to an ongoing neighbour dispute. One complaint was reviewed, namely that Sergeant B behaved in a bullying manner by speaking aggressively, pointing in the applicant’s face, interrupting her and threatening her with arrest. The review found that the complaint was not dealt with to a reasonable standard. One recommendation was made in this connection.