International police oversight


Part of the PCCS remit is to ensure that police bodies in Scotland follow appropriate and effective procedures for complaints handling that are subject to continuous improvement and modernisation.

One of the ways that we achieve this objective is by benchmarking the Scottish police complaints system with international comparators. We are in regular contact with other police oversight bodies in Britain and Ireland, as well as a number of international organisations.


Independent Police Complaints Commission

The IPCC was established by the Police Reform Act and became operational in April 2004. Its primary statutory purpose is to increase public confidence in the police complaints system in England and Wales.

Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission opened its public offices in Dublin on May 9th 2007. The Garda Ombudsman is responsible for receiving and dealing with all complaints made by members of the public concerning the conduct of members of the Garda Síochána.

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland was established by the Police (NI) Act 1998. Its role is to secure an efficient, effective and independent complaints system amd to secure the confidence of the public and members of the police force.

Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority in New Zealand was created by the Independent Police Conduct Authority Act 1988. Its functions include receiving complaints (i) alleging misconduct or neglect of duty by any member of Police or (ii) concerning any Police practice, policy or procedure affecting a complainant.

Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE)

CACOLE is a national non-profit organisation of individuals and agencies involved in the oversight of police officers in Canada. It is dedicated to advancing the concept, principles and application of civilian oversight of law enforcement throughout Canada and abroad.