San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
 

Humane Academy

Basic Animal Law Enforcement AcadmyEach year San Diego Humane Society, in cooperation with the State Humane Association of California and the California Veterinary Medical Association, provides a Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy and an Advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academy.

 

Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy

The 2015 Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy will take place October 5-16.

The Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy is intended to provide training in California humane laws and appropriate animal care. This course can satisfy the requirements mandated by section 14502 of the California Corporations Code for appointment and reappointment as a humane officer (the final decision as to whether a course satisfies the training requirements rests with the superior court charged with confirming appointment or reappointment).

Eighty hours of instruction will be provided to attendees. All 80 hours must be completed in order to receive a completion certificate.

Instruction Includes:

California Animal Law

  • Introduction to cruelty.
  • Abuse and neglect laws.
  • Elements of a crime.
  • Investigating a crime.
  • Investigation procedures.
  • Search and seizure laws.
  • Laws of arrest.
  • Interviewing and interrogation techniques (Miranda warnings).
  • Courtroom demeanor and testimony.
  • Rules of evidence (chain of custody).
  • Report writing.
  • Civil and criminal liability.
  • Child and elder abuse.

Animal Care

  • General husbandry.
  • Appropriate care.
  • Proper health care protocols.
  • How to read animal body postures.
  • Breed identification.
  • Basic animal handling.
  • Use and type of animal capture equipment.

 

Advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academy

 

Basic Animal Law Enforcement AcadmyThe 2015 Advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academy will take place October 26-30.

The Advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academy is a 40-hour hands-on program building on the foundations that were laid during Basic Academy. Participants will work together in small teams, investigating a crime scene and conducting a full-scale investigation from initial call to court room.

Elements of the program include a mix of lecture and practical work. All 40 hours must be completed to receive a completion certificate.

Instruction Includes:

  • Crime scene processing.
  • Search Warrant considerations.
  • Report writing.
  • Interviews and interrogations.
  • Necropsies.
  • Presentation of case to District Attorney.
  • Mock trial.

 

Additional Training

As an enhancement to this program we will be conducting POST-certified training on California's Prop. 115 regarding the use of hearsay evidence by Law Enforcement Officers in pre-trial conferences.

This course will be made available only to those who have completed the Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy through San Diego Humane Society within the last three years. Class size is limited and priority registration will be given to qualified applicants who are currently employed in the animal law enforcement field. Remaining seats will be distributed by lottery.

 

For Additional Info

For more info on San Diego Humane Society's Humane Academy, contact Bruce DuChien: 619.243.3416 or academy@sdhumane.org.

For more information regarding the requirements for becoming a Humane Officer, please visit californiastatehumane.org.

 
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