Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy - Michigan Humane Society

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy

Courses designed to assist officers in responding to animal-related issues in the field

December 15, 2015

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is presenting its Law Enforcement Training Academy to help educate law enforcement officers of the Detroit Police Department on how to safely handle animal-related issues they may encounter in the line of duty. The academy is taking place on Thursday, December 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Detroit Police Training Building.

Members of the MHS Cruelty Investigation Department, as well as lead MHS veterinarians, animal behavior experts and animal law specialists, will work with the Detroit Police Department Professional Education and Training Department to provide the training session in order to educate law enforcement officials on several key issues, including: animal behavior in the field, Michigan animal law (including the legal implications when dogs are shot by law enforcement), dog fighting awareness, animals as evidence, and human violence and animal cruelty. 

“This is a perfect opportunity to enhance the skills of the brave men and women in law enforcement who are serving the city of Detroit,” said Matthew Pepper, President and CEO of the Michigan Humane Society.  “This training has two primary objectives – to improve the safety and outcomes for both officer and animal as they interact in the field, and to provide a critical framework in investigating animal cruelty and understanding its implications on human violence and other crimes.”  

MHS’ program is approved by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).  A division of the Michigan State Police, the 15-member MCOLES Commission is responsible for, among other things, setting training standards for entry-level and experienced law enforcement officers in Michigan.  The Commission sets standards for a wide variety of agencies employing more than 19,500 officers who operate under Commission standards.

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