RECOMMENDATION 57

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
3

Federal law enforcement agencies should develop and maintain continuous training programs for agents in techniques of child pornography investigations.

The most important factor in the effective enforcement of child pornography and related child sexual abuse laws is well-trained law enforcement personnel. Each law enforcement agency should have at least one member of its staff who is specifically trained to investigate and apprehend individuals involved in child pornography and related cases. At least one officer should be trained and possess the expertise necessary to conduct a thorough child sexual exploitation investigation. This training may be conducted through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Law enforcement officers who are assigned to a child pornography or related unit face additional emotional pressures because of the insidious nature of child pornography. Officers may be required to view significant quantities of child pornography or deal with young victims during the course of their investigations. Training programs should emphasize the special psychological needs of law enforcement officers and they should offer assistance to alleviate the emotional stress.

A second area which training programs should address is the alienation an officer may encounter from other law enforcement officers.[633] These officers often receive minimal assistance and virtually no emotional support from their peers. The training programs should be used to educate officers assigned to a child pornography or related unit as to the types of behavior they may encounter. In addition, all officers within a department or agency should be trained with an awareness toward the difficulties encountered by officers who are assigned to child pornography or related cases.

Designated personnel should be required to participate in continuous training programs. These continuing education programs may be conducted through the LECC.[634] These programs have generally resulted in an increased awareness of the problem of child pornography and its relationship to sexual abuse.[635]

Notes

  1. New York Hearing, Vol. I, Carl Shoffler, pp. 277-28.
  2. Miami Hearing, Vol. II, Paul Der Ohannesian, pp. 61-62.
  3. Id.