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Training & enforcement

Law enforcement training consists of a multifaceted, in-depth agenda.

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Law Enforcement Training

Below is the agenda for the Law Enforcement Training we offered in Oklahoma.

Year One


Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence, Animal Cruelty and Fighting Investigations

  • Understanding the connections between animal abuse and human violence
  • How dogfighting and cockfighting are associated with other felony crimes
  • Investigating a cruelty or fighting complaint, from first response to filing charges
  • Recognizing evidence of puppy mills, dogfighting, cockfighting and illegal cruelty
  • Interviews, warrants and evidence collection as related to animal crimes
  • Knowing, interpreting and applying cruelty and fighting laws

Year Two: Veterinary Forensics


Crime Scene Analysis and Evidence Recognition – Animal vs. Human cases

  • Blood stain pattern analysis
  • Forensic entomology
  • Forensic botany
  • Trace evidence
  • Time of death assessments and measurements
  • Key steps for the investigator 

Application of Forensics and Crime Scene Considerations for Different Types of Cruelty

  • Working with veterinarians
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Sharp force trauma
  • Gunshot cases
  • Indicators of accidental injury
  • Sexual abuse
  • Burns and fire related injuries
  • Poisoning
  • Decomposed bodies and buried remains - the potential value
  • Case presentations

Police and Dog Encounters

  • Legal issues facing Law Enforcement: Fourth Amendment Issues
  • Dog behavior, mannerisms and body language
  • Non- lethal force options
  • Tactical issues
  • Lethal force considerations

Bonding & Forfeiture

  • The Nuts and Bolts of this Process
  • Protecting your Agency
  • Crossing the “Ts” and Dotting the “Is”