San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

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Humane Academy

Basic Animal Law Enforcement Acadmy - officer and puppyEach year, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA in cooperation with the 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.

Information:

Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy

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).

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

Instruction includes the following:
 
California Animal Law
Animal Care
  • 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.
  • 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 Acadmy - officer and puppy

The Advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academy is a 40-hour hands-on program building on the foundations that were laid during the 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 the following:

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


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 and SPCA 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.

 

Additional Info:

Bruce DuChien phone: 619.243.3416 email: academy@sdhumane.org

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

 
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