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Hamilton House, Caird Park, Hamilton, ML3 0QA
£68,540 - £79,109 per year
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Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week
Work From Home:




£68,540 - £79,109 C2 STAFF WILL BE APPOINTED ON POINT 1 OF SCALE- £68,540




Around 37 hours per week – flexible working patterns are welcome


Hamilton – Currently working to a hybrid model of office and home working

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner is currently seeking applications for a Head of Investigations to join her team who are based in Hamilton.

The PIRC was established in 2013 and is responsible for carrying out independent investigations into incidents involving the police and independently review the way the police handle complaints from the public.

Our aim is to secure public confidence in policing in Scotland by supporting continuous improvement and promoting positive change.

The Head of Investigations (HOI) will support the Director of Operations and Commissioner in leading and directing teams who are carrying out effective and efficient investigations into serious matters involving the police in Scotland. These can include investigations into deaths in police custody and criminal allegations against the police.

As HOI, you will lead and direct several investigative teams with responsibility for carrying out independent investigations as prescribed in the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 and associated Regulations. The post holder will have proven experience of managing complex investigations and a background in carrying out a similar function in an inspection, regulatory, or enforcement environment.

The specific tasks of the role are set out at Section 4.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years proven experience of strategically managing investigations into complex cases which are often challenging and high profile. Well-developed critical thinking skills, a capacity to conduct enquiries, obtain information and to use sound judgement to reach conclusions are all essential skills for this role. This experience may have been gained within organisations other than the police service and we would welcome applications from candidates with relevant experience from other organisations.

They should also have a good general education with degree level or equivalent relevant professional qualification / experience with evidence of continuous professional development. They should be able to evidence their abilities meet the essential requirements for the post.

The PIRC offers 25 days of annual leave plus 5.5 privilege days, competitive pension and benefits and operates flexible working arrangements.

The position is based in Hamilton. The successful candidate must undergo Non Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV) Level 3 and Security Clearance (SC) prior to appointment. Please see here United Kingdom Security Vetting: Applicant - GOV.UK ( to ensure you are aware of the requirements prior to submitting an application.

The PIRC is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to promoting a diverse workforce, with an emphasis on the PIRC Values of integrity, impartiality and respect. We therefore encourage and would welcome applications from all members of the community. We are committed to the Disability Confident Initiative and offer a guaranteed interview to any applicant who meets all of the selection criteria required for the post and considers themselves to be disabled.

As Head of Investigations, you will be required to travel throughout Scotland, therefore applicants must hold a full driving licence.

For information on this vacancy please contact the Human Resources Department at or call on 07342 080256.

How to Apply

The Candidate Information Pack /Application Form are available in the URL link below.


The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 21st April 2023.

The shortlisting will take place thereafter and successful applicants will be invited to interview at a date to be agreed.

Applicants who have not been contacted by us within 3 weeks of this closing date should assume they have been unsuccessful on this occasion. Please note we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Only completed application forms will be considered.

Please do not substitute your Curriculum Vitae for a completed form since this will not be considered.