Rule number 1: never, ever point a firearm at a target unless you have the intent to pull the trigger. Rule number 2: firearms are not toys; treat every firearm with the respect due to a loaded one that is off safety. When I instructed firearm safety to young people, any violation of those two rules resulted in dismissal from the class. She should have been fired but I disagree with the criminal bit. The law is too quick to hang a criminal rap around people's necks for what, in most cases, is a lack of judgment or just plain stupidity. A lifetime ban on owning or firing a weapon would be far more fitting imho. That is unless someone was injured because of the prank or stupidity in which case a criminal negligence would be justified. The officer by her actions demonstrated that she does not possess the maturity required to be entrusted with a weapon.