Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland
|Formation||1 April 2007|
|Legal status||Executive non-departmental public body|
|Purpose||Complaints about the Scottish police|
|Parent organization||Scottish Government|
The Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland (PCCS) was the executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government responsible for overseeing the system for handling complaints made by members of the public against the police force of Scotland.
It was created under the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006. The PCCS took over its role from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland on 1 April 2007.
In December 2009, McNeill responded to a 13% rise in complaints against the police in 2008/09 by stating: "I would argue that any increase in complaints arises in part from the public having more confidence in the police and expecting higher standards from them."
In March 2010, McNeill urged Scottish police forces to adopt common guidelines about recording complaints.
In 2013 it was replaced by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.
- Independent Police Complaints Commission- corresponding body in England and Wales
- "Appointment of new Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland | Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland". Pcc-scotland.org. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- "Complaints about Scottish police forces increase". BBC News. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- "Call for Scottish police complaints guidance". BBC News. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
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