If you have made a complaint with the OIPRD but no longer wish to continue with it, you may withdraw it, as long as a hearing has not begun.
To withdraw a complaint prior to a hearing, you must give written notice to the OIPRD, including reasons for the withdrawal, using the complaint withdrawal form. When the form has been received, the OIPRD will accept the withdrawal and notify the concerned police chief, OPP Commissioner, police services board or the Ministry of the Solicitor General, as required by the Police Services Act.
The police service in question has the authority to continue with an internal investigation; however, in this case the complainant is not entitled to receive any information regarding the status or outcome of that investigation.
Use the withdrawal form if you have made a complaint but no longer wish to continue with it. Please include your complaint number on the form and sign it.
If you want to withdraw a complaint after a disciplinary hearing regarding the complaint has begun, you will need consent to withdraw from the OIPRD, the police chief, in the case of a complaint about the conduct of a police officer other than a police chief or a deputy chief. In the case of a complaint about the conduct of a municipal or regional police chief or deputy chief, you will need the consent of the police services board.
If you would like to withdraw your complaint after a disciplinary hearing, you are required to notify the prosecutor immediately. The prosecutor will then notify the Director, the chief of police (in the case of a complaint about the conduct of a police officer other than the chief of police or deputy chief of police), or the board (in the case of a complaint against a chief of police or deputy chief of police).
The OIPRD will determine whether consent to the request to withdraw will be given. The OIPRD will advise the police chief or the police services board of its decision.