Complaint Examiner Decisions
If the Office of Police Complaints does not mediate or conciliate your complaint, or if mediation or conciliation is unsuccessful, the executive director may refer the matter to a complaint examiner following a Office of Police Complaints investigation. A complaint examiner is a legally-trained individual who will review the Office of Police Complaints investigative file and decide whether the accused officer committed the alleged misconduct. If necessary, a hearing will be conducted. If the complaint examiner sustains the allegation, the matter will be referred to the Chief of Police who can then discipline the officer. If the police chief disagrees with the findings of the complaint examiner, the case is reviewed by a panel of three complaint examiners. If the panel upholds the decision of the original complaint examiner, the police chief must then impose the appropriate discipline on the accused officer.
Complainants can have a lawyer or other designated representative at the hearing. The Office of Police Complaints has also made arrangements for law students enrolled in a clinical program and under the supervision of licensed attorneys to represent citizens at hearings.
The following decisions have been issued by complaint examiners resolving complaints filed with the Office of Police Complaints. Select from the links below to view decisions from 2003 through 2013: