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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/00224/16
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    17 October 2016
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    224/16. The complaints in this case arose from the police investigation into an allegation made against the applicant. Two complaints were reviewed, namely: 1. that Police Scotland acted on false allegations against the applicant; and, 2. that corruption exists within Police Scotland The review found that both of the complaints were dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00606/15
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    17 October 2016
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    606/15. The complaints in this case arose from the applicant’s arrest and subsequent detention in police custody. Three complaints were reviewed, namely: 1. that excessive force was used during the applicant’s arrest; 2. that a police officer acted unprofessionally towards the applicant when he was being placed in a police vehicle; and 3. that whilst in custody, the applicant was not allowed to wash, see a doctor or have his toilet flushed. The review found that one complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard and two were not. Two recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00631/13
    Police Body:
    Report, Police Scotland
    Date:
    17 October 2016
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    631/13. The complaint in this case arose from the applicant contacting Police Scotland to report the theft of a boundary fence by her neighbour. One complaint was reviewed, namely: 1. that police officers failed to take a report of the theft of a fence. The review found that the complaint was dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Scottish Police Authority
    Reference:
    PIRC/00111/16
    Police Body:
    Report, Scottish Police Authority
    Date:
    17 October 2016
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    111/16. The complaint in this case arose following the Scottish Police Authority ( SPA’s) handling of a complaint relating to Legacy Force X’s decision not to respond to complaints about the police submitted by the applicant in June and July 2012. One complaint was reviewed, namely: • that a senior police officer failed to contact the applicant after being instructed to do so by the Chief Constable. The review found that the complaint was not dealt with to a reasonable standard. No recommendations were made.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00186/16
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    10 October 2016
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    186.16 The complaints in this case arose from police enquiry into an alleged theft of the applicant's money. Three complaints were reviewed.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00255/16
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    10 October 2016
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    255.16 The complaint in this case arose from the applicant's contact with Police Scotland when two officers attended at his home address. One complaint was reviewed.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00274/16
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    10 October 2016
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    274.16 The complaints in this case arose from issues identified by the applicant relating to postal tallying in the Scottish Independence Referendum. Two complaints were reviewed.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00631/13
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    10 October 2016
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    631.13 The complaint in this case arose from the applicant contacting Police Scotland to report the theft of a boundary fence by her neighbour. One complaint was reviewed.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00022/16
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    3 October 2016
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    22.16 The complaints in this case arose from the allegations of domestic abuse made against the applicant by his then partner.
  • Title:
    Report - Police Scotland
    Reference:
    PIRC/00105/16
    Police Body:
    Police Scotland, Report
    Date:
    3 October 2016
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    105.16 The complaints in this case arose after the applicant was accused of bumping into another vehicle whilst parking his car.