Assignment 2 Case Study
Lisa Camper is a fairly new hire at the Icuza Juvenile Probation Office. She is 23 years old, single, and just
graduated from college with a 4-year degree. Her duties at the probation office are to work with male
and female youth who have been abused or neglected. She works closely with the parents of the youth
to reunite them with their children, and with the Division of Family and Youth Services to ensure that
the children are well cared for while under the court’s supervision.
Lisa has done well in the 14 months she has been employed by the department. She gets along with
other probation officers and with the detention and family service workers. Her work has been
exemplary in court, and it appears that she has helped several children return home to safer
Lisa still maintains an active social life outside of the department. As her supervisor, you have heard her
talk about dating, going to the local bars, and socializing with other people employed in the various
criminal justice agencies around town. These activities are not forbidden in the policy and procedure
manual for the Icuza Juvenile Probation Office.
Today, Lisa came into your office. She informed you that there was information you should know about
the father of one of her clients. According to Lisa, she went to a local bar with fellow officers 3 months
ago on a Saturday night. While at the bar, the waitress delivered a drink to her table and stated that it
was from a man at another table. When she looked at the table, she realized it was the father of one of
her clients. She accepted the drink, thanked him, and drank it.
Three weeks later, at the same location, the father of her client approached her, bought her another
drink, and started a conversation. She stated that she enjoyed the conversation while accepting and
drinking the alcoholic beverage. At the end of the night, he asked her for her home phone number. She
gave it to him. Since that time, they have had multiple and lengthy conversations over the phone.
According to her, she has not used her office phone to speak to him unless it was business-oriented. All
phone conversations so far have been on her personal time and phone.
Lisa went on to say that she has gone out to dinner with her client’s father on at least one occasion in
another town. She has feelings for this individual and would like to pursue the relationship. He has asked
her to spend more time with him. She does not believe that her decisions in the child’s case have been
impacted by her relationship with the father, but felt it was important to let her immediate supervisor
know that she was involved intimately with the parent of one of her clients.
Once Lisa was finished, you asked her for the case file and decided to further investigate the
information. Upon review of the case in question, you found that Lisa did not report to the Division of
Family and Youth Services the father’s presence in a bar and around alcohol as required in the court
order. After questioning some of the officers who were present at the bar during the initial contact, you
were told that at least two of the officers advised Lisa that they felt that accepting a drink from a client
or a client’s family member was inappropriate. The officers also reported that they felt uncomfortable
with Lisa’s behavior and were unsure about how to approach the situation. Currently, the officers feel
uncertainty about what is deemed acceptable and unacceptable behavior according to the policy and