Therefore, it is important that all police departments develop strategies for dealing with the problem.
Larger departments or districts may have their own dedicated Internet child pornography teams, but most smaller ones do not, and the responsibility for day-to-day investigations will fall to general-duties officers.It would be a mistake to underestimate the importance of local police in detecting and preventing Internet child pornography offenses.
Alternatively, they may receive information from other jurisdictions about offenders in their districts. “Pedophiles on the Internet: Law Enforcement Investigates Abuse.” Law and Order 47(5):74–78.[Full Text] Linz, D., and D.
Because of the increasing use of computers in society, most police departments are likely to encounter Internet child pornography crimes. “A Structural and Content-Based Analysis for Web Filtering.” Internet Research: Electronic Networking Applications and Policy 13(1):27–37.
However, more commonly, amateurs make records of their own sexual abuse exploits, particularly now that electronic recording devices such as digital cameras and web cams permit individuals to create high quality, homemade images.With the advent of multimedia messaging (MMR) mobile phones, clandestine photography of children in public areas is becoming an increasing problem. “Child Pornography and Child Nudity: Why and How States May Constitutionally Regulate the Production, Possession, and Distribution of Nude Visual Depictions of Children.” Temple Law Review 9–636.[Full Text] Jenkins, P. Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography on the Internet.
This involves the uploading and dissemination of pornographic images. “Child Pornography in the Digital Age.” Transnational Organized Crime 3(4):171–188.
There is also a wide variation in international laws covering child pornography, and this can have significant implications for law enforcement.
Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
The treatment of children as sexual objects has existed through the ages, and so too has the production of erotic literature and drawings involving children.
The guide begins by describing the problem and reviewing factors that increase the risks of Internet child pornography.
It then identifies a series of questions that might assist you in analyzing your local Internet child pornography problem.