During mediation, there will be two trained and impartial mediators selected by the officer and the complainant. Mediators abide by ethical standards that are designed to promote honesty, integrity and impartiality to all parties.
What is mediation? Mediation is a process where an impartial third person(s) facilitates discussion and possible resolution of a dispute between two or more disputing parties. Mediation is a CONFIDENTIAL process that is strictly voluntary for both parties.
Once Mediation commences, am I obligated to continue? No, either party may withdraw from it at any time. In the event that a party withdraws from mediation the process will proceed through Internal Affairs.
How do the mediators make a decision? The mediators do not make a decision about the outcome. Rather, it is the parties who voluntarily agree to a mutually acceptable resolution. The mediator role is simply to assist the parties with the discussion.
What happens if the party reaches a resolution? If the parties reach a resolution, then the case is closed. The mediators will report to the department that mediation was successful, and no further investigation will take place.