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Animal Cruelty Investigations Course

Course Length
1 day
Prerequisites
None
Program Overview

Officers learn the history of animal abuse and current research on its links to other crimes by offenders. Next, using an actual "Animal Precinct" television recorded case; officers learn the step-by-step elements necessary for a successful case. Since evidence is sometimes living and changing (and can not speak for themselves) the course explains the challenges and how to overcome defense claims about the evidence being unavailable.

During training, officers also learn each case often requires outside resources, such as veterinarians. They also learn when they should reach out to outside advisers such as prosecutors and animal abuse investigators. Prosecutors and probation officers are encouraged to attend to see how cases are investigated, and to develop contacts helpful to their mission. It's also important that prosecutors and probation officers work with local law enforcement to develop a proper response to the crime in relation to its impact on the community, particularly when a verdict of guilt requires sentencing recommendations to the court of jurisdiction. Officers responding to animal abuse cases need training on handling animals. Finally, they need information about the different types of cases beyond cruelty and maltreatment, such as; blood sports including animal fighting and people who hoard animals with good intentions, but bad results.

A combination of experienced sworn investigators, legislative specialists, and attorneys specializing in this field will each contribute to this program.

The course utilizes instructors, legal staff, and investigators from the ASPCA.

Basic Criminal Investigations Course

Course Length
60 hours
Prerequisites
None
Program Overview
This curriculum includes instruction in the investigation process, legal issues, crime scene handling, physical evidence, documentation, interviews and interrogations, specific incidents, and sources of information.

Basic Investigative Photography Course

Course Length
5 days
Prerequisites
None
Program Overview
This course teaches the necessary skills for a law enforcement photographer to effectively photograph a crime scene and the evidence contained therein by means of instruction and participation in a variety of hands-on exercises. Instructional topics include an overview of basic photography equipment, operation of SLR film and digital cameras, fundamental techniques of photography, lighting techniques, guidelines for photographing a crime scene, photographing night and low light conditions, photographing evidence for comparison purposes, and macro photography.

Prescription Drug Abuse Investigations Course

Course Length
1 day
Prerequisites
None
Program Overview
This training provides officers a basic understanding of the issues of prescription drug abuse and the growing problem of drug diversion cases. This course trains officers when to use penal law or alternatively, the public health law when dealing with pharmaceutical drug diversion. Topics also include the prescription monitoring program in NYS, identifying prescription forgeries, and security features in the NYS Official Prescription. Officers learn about techniques and targets of drug diverters, doctor shoppers and illegal prescribing by practitioners. Other topics include drug facilitated sexual assault, institutional diversion and confidentiality requirements. Instructed by NYS Department of Health/Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement Investigators.

Police Crime Scene and Evidence Specialist Course

Course Length
10 days
Prerequisites
Basic Investigative Photography Course
Program Overview
This course teaches officers how to record and document crime scenes and how to collect evidence properly. It is most appropriate for those officers who are the first to arrive at a crime scene and those responsible for complete crime scene analyses. The course includes instruction in photography, diagramming, measurements, latent fingerprint processing, and the retrieval of physical evidence.