Determining a just sentence for a police officer convicted of a crime raises a number of issues not normally encountered by criminal lawyers. Those issues include:
- the degree to which the offense is a "breach of trust",
- the question of whether any sentence imposed will increase or decrease the general deterrent effect of the sentence amongst other members of the law enforcement community,
- the degree to which the inevitable public notoriety attaching to an accused police officer might act in mitigation of the sentence, and
- the availability of a discharge in any particular set of circumstances.