What categories of findings may an OPS investigator recommend?

The only findings that an OPS Investigator may recommend are as follows:

SUSTAINED: If the preponderance of the evidence supports a finding that the alleged conduct occurred and the officer's actions were inconsistent with law or Cleveland Division of Police General Police Orders, training, or procedures, the recommended finding will be "Sustained." A complaint may be "sustained in part" if the investigation revealed sufficient evidence to support a finding of a policy violation on one or more, but not all of the complainant's allegations. A complaint may also be "sustained for a violation not based on original complaint" if the investigation reveals evidence of misconduct that was not included in the complainant's original allegation but arose out of the incident that is the subject of the complaint.

EXONERATED: If the preponderance of the evidence gathered throughout the investigation supports a finding that the alleged conduct occurred but the officer's actions were consistent with law, Cleveland Division of Police General Police Orders, training, or procedures."

UNFOUNDED: If the preponderance of the evidence supports a finding that the alleged conduct did not occur.

INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE: If the preponderance of the evidence fails to establish whether the alleged conduct did or did not occur, the Investigator will make a recommended finding of "Insufficient Evidence."