Porn or distasteful?

Significant numbers of Police are coming forward to say they think the Police Commissioner is over-reacting and that some of the e-mails were ones policewomen forwarded onto their mothers, and hence unlikely to be significantly offensive.

Thinking about the situation it occurs to me there are basically three levels of material which is being investigated, and if it was my call, my response to each situation would be:

Objectionable (as in illegal) material

Anyone who forwarded on illegal material to be prosecuted. Anyone who received it and did not delete it to be given a formal warning.

Highly offensive but not illegal material

Anyone forwarding it on to be disciplined, anyone receiving it who did not delete it to be given an informal warning.

Smutty or humourous material

Anyone forwarding it on to be given informal warnings. No action against people who merely received a smutty joke and did not forward it on.

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