Independent mediation between the public and the police (MIPP)

2. Mediation with the MIPP

You feel you are the victim of an inappropriate or an abusive act or comment. Mediation is a quick and simple way of settling a conflict or disagreement without going to court. 

For who

  • Anyone who feels wronged by the conduct of the police 
  • Any member of the cantonal or municipal police, including administrative staff, who feels wronged in the performance of their duties during an interaction with a person.


Mediation is a method of settling disputes. In mediation, a neutral and impartial person, called a mediator, helps the opposing parties to communicate in order to resolve their dispute. The mediator does not have the power to decide, but does everything possible to help manage the conflict. 

Whereas judges make decisions and conciliators offer solutions, mediators are facilitators. Mediators focus on reparation for the victim and on gaining an understanding of the conflict rather than on punishing the offender.

In mediation, discussions are carried out confidentially, ensuring total discretion.


Mediation takes place when:

  • There is a dispute between an individual and a member of the police force
  • The people in disagreement are willing to participate
  • The people in disagreement are prepared to engage in a constructive dialogue
  • The people in disagreement accept the principle of confidentiality.

Mediation cannot take place in the following cases:

  • The MIPP cannot offer an opinion on internal police conflicts
  • MIPP does not intervene in cases of physical violence. Such serious incidents must be reported directly to the police or the Public Prosecutor by registered mail.


Mediation is free of charge.

Last updated
22 May 2024

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