As a law enforcement officer, you are empowered with a great deal of discretion as to whether an arrest or verbal reprimand is warranted.

As a law enforcement officer, you are empowered with a great deal of discretion as to whether an arrest or verbal reprimand is warranted. You are summoned to the local high school in your jurisdiction concerning an anonymous “tip” that student Joe Smith, age 15, has several nude pictures of his 14-year old ex-girlfriend on his cell phone and has shared the sexually suggestive images with his friends who in turn shared the images with their friends. During your interview, Smith acknowledges having the images and sharing them with his friends. Since the images depict a “minor,” you inform Smith that he can be criminally charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. Now is the time to highlight your critical thinking / problem solving skills? How would you proceed in resolving this incident?

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