Police Investigations and Review Commissioner

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The Police Investigation and Review Commissioner (PIRC) is the executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government responsible for investigating complaints by members of the public against Police Scotland.

It provides independent scrutiny of how police bodies respond to complaints from members of the public.[1]


On 1 April 2013, the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 brought together Scotland's eight territorial police services, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and the Scottish Police Services Authority into the new national police service, Police Scotland. At the same time the remit of the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland expanded to include investigations into the most serious incidents involving the police. To reflect this change, the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland was renamed the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner.[2]


  1. ^ "A guide for the public on the role of the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner". Police Investigations and Review Commissioner. August 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "About us". Police Investigations and Review Commissioner. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 

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