Thursday, December 3, 2015

Become An Animal Police Officer

Become an animal cop.

If you are passionate about animals and the law, becoming an animal police officer may be a good career choice for you. Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. regularly receive calls reporting animal abuse and neglect, which require followup by specially trained people who know handle ill or dangerous animals and their owners.


1. Talk to your local police department or humane society. Every state has different requirements to become an animal police officer. Some may require you to be certified as a police officer and receive training at a police academy. Many states hire people already working for the humane society or another animal welfare program, as these individuals have already received the costly training required.

2. Pursue the proper education and training. Most states require an officer to have at least a high school diploma. Specialized officers, however, may be required to have an associate's degree in fields including criminal justice or veterinary technology. Some law enforcement agencies require applicants to have already completed specialized training in first aid and CPR for animals, capturing large animals, becoming a peace officer, investigation of animal cruelty or classes offered by a local animal control agency. Many law enforcement agencies will seek those who have prior experience as park rangers, who have experience working with animals in the wild. Check with your local law enforcement agency or humane society to find out their requirements, and ask what kind of training they offer their animal police officers.

3. Expand your skills and experience. Simply having the desire to help animals is not enough to get you hired as an animal police officer. The department will look for someone who has experience and a skill set. Beneficial experience includes working at a veterinarian's office or kennel, serving as a police officer or park ranger or volunteering at an animal shelter. You'll want to show you have a good understanding of the law when it comes to animal rights, can stay calm, are able to problem solve, can communicate well with others and are observant and detail-oriented.

4. Apply for positions. If you feel you are qualified to be an animal police officer, begin filling out applications for law enforcement agencies. In the meantime, continue to expand your knowledge and skill with animals and their safety.

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