What do the findings of the investigation mean?

What do the findings of the investigation mean?

After the investigation has been completed, it is given a finding.  There are five possible findings at the Boise Police Department, with the following explanations:

Exonerated

The acts which provided the basis for the complaint or allegation did occur, but were justified, lawful, and proper. This finding may also be used when the acts complained of did occur and were not proper or justified, but resulted from a lack of policy or training.

 

 

Unfounded

The investigation conclusively proved that the act complained of did not occur. This finding also applies when the employee named was not involved in the act or in acts which may have occurred.

 

 

Not Sustained

The investigation failed to discover sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation made.

 

 

Sustained

The investigation disclosed sufficient evidence to clearly prove the allegation made.

 

 

No Finding

The investigation cannot proceed, because the complainant failed to disclose promised information to further the investigation, the complainant wishes to withdraw the complaint, or the complainant is no longer available for clarification. This finding may also be used when the information provided is not sufficient to determine the identity of the employee involved.