RECOMMENDATION 58

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
3

Federal law enfocement agencies should have personnel trained in child pornography investigation and when possible they should form specialized units for child sexual abuse and child pornography investigation.

Agencies with large enough field offices in communities with adequate resources should include a specialized unit within the law enforcement agency to specifically investigate child pornography and related child sexual abuse cases. These trained agents in field offices will be able to actively investigate child pornography cases with an understanding of the particular local or regional problems. The specialized unit allows an officer to acquire and implement expertise in the area and enhance overall law enforcement efforts.

While this approach should not require additional personnel or expense, it will allow the agency to use its existing personnel more efficiently. Trained officers will be able to devote their time to these investigations. Other investigators should reassign the case to an expert within the unit to maintain efficiency and expertise.

The Commission believes that effective and efficient law enforcement is achieved through education, training and experience. These programs would enable law enforcement agencies to extract the maximum expertise from the personnel within their department.