There are two types of complaints:
For complaints arising from incidents occurring on or after October 19, 2009, click here for the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.
Complainants may still attend any Halton Regional Police Service station to file a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, or discuss any matter that they feel is suitable for local resolution.
A complaint may be filed about the conduct of an off-duty officer. The respondent officer, however, shall not be found guilty of misconduct if there is no connection between the conduct and either the occupational requirements of a police officer or the reputation of the Halton Regional Police Service.
If the Chief of Police or Office of the Independent Police Review Director orders a disciplinary hearing, a prosecuting officer or a legal counsel/agent designated by the Chief is responsible for presenting the evidence. You will be informed about your participation at the hearing. The hearing is presided by a Hearing Officer who is also designated by the Chief. The Hearing Officer considers the evidence and decides the outcome.
An officer found guilty of misconduct could face a range of penalties from reprimand to dismissal and could also be directed to undergo counselling, treatment and/or training.
A person making a complaint (complainant) or the police officer named in a complaint may appeal to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission within thirty (30) days of the decision of a disciplinary hearing if the officer's misconduct or unsatisfactory work performance was not established. If a complainant wishes to appeal a penalty imposed by the Hearing Officer, consent from the Ontario Civilian Police Commission on Police Services is required.
For more information, contact:
Professional Standards Bureau