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Humane law enforcement


Humane law enforcement officers (oftentimes abbreviated as "HLEOs"in some jurisdictions or "Cruelty Investigators" "Humane Police") are generally members of a state or local society for the prevention of cruelty to animals (SPCA) and as such are generally trained and certified alongside other police and law enforcement officers at a state or local police training academy. Depending on the jurisdiction, HLEOs may also be sworn and/or commissioned officers with peace officer status, empowered with the appropriate law enforcement authority to effect arrests with or without warrant, sign complaints and issue court summonses, conduct searches and seizures, and carry weapons including a firearm, especially if trained and certified through a police training academy.[1] Humane law enforcement may be performed by government agencies, private agencies, or both, depending on the jurisdiction. Individuals who perform humane law enforcement duties include police officers, humane law enforcement officers, animal control officers, and animal cruelty investigators. There are many different agencies that are involved in humane law enforcement including private and public. One of the better known private agencies is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.[2] Other agencies include the Humane Society of the United States,Animal Cruelty Task Force of Tennessee,Madison County SPCA NY,Philadelphia SPCA as well as the West Pennsylvania SPCA. Although all the states do not have a specific humane law enforcement section of their police department, all of them do in one way or another take care of the responsibilities that humane officers would do therefor we need to support such "Humane Law Enforcement" Agencies.


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