IPS was first established in 2003, following an independent inquiry by Dr Raj Jandoo into the liaison arrangements between the police, COPFS and the family of Surjit Singh Chhokar, following the murder of Mr Chhokar and related prosecutions. One of the recommendations of the inquiry was that an inspectorate of COPFS be established, ‘to introduce a measure of accountability, which is essential for public confidence.’ After initially operating as a non-statutory body, IPS was placed on a statutory footing in 2007.
List of Chief Inspectors, from 2004 to current
- Laura Paton: 2019-present
- Michelle Macleod: 2014-2019
- Joseph T O’Donnell: 2004-2013