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Animal Cruelty Investigation - Level I

  • Coordinator: Jenn Firpo
  • Length of course: 7 hours
  • Course hours: 0800 – 1600 hours
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • Date:  September 6, 2017
  • Tuition: $53.00 (Includes materials and lunch)
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

This introductory workshop on investigating animal cruelty will cover all the basics of an investigation, including, but not limited to:

  • A review of Vermont’s criminal animal cruelty statute;
  • The needed elements for a strong animal cruelty criminal investigation
  • Interview and interrogation techniques
  • Report writing
  • Using expert witnesses
  • Evidence collection
  • Search warrant procedure; and
  • A review of resources available at the local, state and national level to assist in responding to incidents of animal cruelty.

This course will also review Vermont’s Cruelty Response System (CRS) and the CRS web-based case management system, Animal Tracks.  The Vermont Animal Cruelty Response Coalition and the CRS were formed to facilitate cross-agency collaboration and communication in order to more effectively respond to animal cruelty complaints, with an emphasis on accountability and follow up