Background to the Report

In May 2008, whilst reviewing the manner in which a complaint about Lothian and Borders Police had been handled, it became evident that the force used a process whereby files containing complaints about the police were managed as Miscellaneous Inquiry files.

The Commissioner advised the Chief Constable of Lothian & Borders that he would conduct a review of MI files to satisfy himself that the force has in place suitable arrangements for the handling of relevant complaints.

Prior to the implementation of the Police Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006, the police service in Scotland referred to such matters as complaints against the police. In line with the broad definition of complaints set out in the Act, such matters are now referred to as complaints about the police and that term is used throughout this report.

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