Asa law enforcement officer, one has a role of protecting thecommunity. One has to execute this role without showing favors sincethis is against the law (Walkowiak,2008).The possession and distribution of marijuana is illegal since it is adrug that has abusive content. As such, when acting in the positionof a law enforcement officer, one has to ensure the case of marijuanais given the attention that it deserves.
Inthis case, the person that is distributing marijuana is a son of theneighbor, but being a neighbor does not guarantee any favors towardsthe handling of the case. This case should be treated as any othercase without regard to whether it is a stranger or someone that isknown. Although the neighbor asks the case to be treated withconfidentiality, the law enforcement officer should ensure that thematter is solved just like any other case involving the possessionand distribution of marijuana. However, the law enforcement officercan consider the case to have privileged communication because of therelationship involved between the father and child. The father mayhave some crucial information regarding his son, which may not wantto disclose, which offers an opportunity to consider the case to haveprivileged communication.
Asa law enforcement officer, one has to ensure that the community issafe (Walkowiak,2008) and at the same time help the neighbor in making his son changethe criminal conduct of distributing marijuana. Therefore, I wouldadvise the neighbor to let the son be held in custody in order tohelp in conducting the investigations on the case. It is after havingproper investigations that the court can make a ruling on theinnocence of the son. In case the son is found guilty of distributingmarijuana, he should be sent to prison in order to change hiscriminal conduct.
Walkowiak,V. S. (2008). Theattorney-client privilege in civil litigation.Chicago, IL: Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice, ABA.