Complaints, Investigations and Misconduct in Policing: Ministerial Group


The group oversees the implementation of the recommendations in Dame Elish Angiolini’s review of complaints, investigations and misconduct in Scottish policing. 

The key responsibilities of this group are to ensure progression and to provide:

  • decision-making
  • accountability
  • governance
  • policy direction
  • decisions
  • objectives
  • risk assessment

The Ministerial Group (MG) was established in March 2021 and is chaired jointly by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs and the Lord Advocate.  Other members of the group include senior representatives from partner organisations. 

The independent review

Dame Angiolini's review was commissioned in June 2018. It assessed the way complaints against the police are handled when investigating serious incidents and alleged misconduct. 

When the final report was published in November 2020 it made 81 recommendations for improvement, in addition to 30 made in the Preliminary Report. The recommendations aim to strengthen public confidence in Scottish policing  by ensuring systems are fair, transparent, accountable and proportionate.


  • Police Scotland (PS) Chief Constable
  • Police Investigation and Review Commissioner (PIRC)
  • Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Chair and Chief Executive
  • HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary (HMCICS)
  • Police Scotland (PS) Deputy Chief Constable, Professionalism, Digital and Transformation
  • Crown Agent


Back to top