In July 2000, the City of Albany enacted a new law creating the Citizens' Police Review Board. As part of that law, the City authorized the creation of a mediation program designed to provide an opportunity for citizens and police officers to sit down with two mediators in a neutral setting to discuss the issues raised in the complaint filed by the citizen.
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How does the mediation option work?What happens when the GLC contacts the complainant or the complainant contacts the GLC?Who are the mediators?What happens in a mediation?How long will it take?What happens if the complainant or officer fails to appear for mediation?What happens after the mediation?How is confidentiality assured?Can the parties talk about what occurred there?
Is there an appeal process?
What if a large group of citizens want to talk about the incident?
Following the completion of mediation each party will be requested to complete an evaluation form regarding the process and outcome. The GLC will forward copies of the evaluation form to the CPRB and the assistant chief.