Los Angeles, CA — Today, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) will present “Dog Behavior for Law Enforcement” to a group of law enforcement personnel and animal welfare experts, including officers from the Los Angeles and San Francisco Police Departments; representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office; National Canine Research Council; investigators from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office; Long Beach Animal Care Services; and Safe Humane Chicago. “Dog Behavior for Law Enforcement” is the first course of its kind and was created to address the specific needs of law enforcement when encountering dogs in the course of their duties. The course was developed by spcaLA Director of Animal Cruelty Investigations, Lt. Cesar Perea and spcaLA Director of Animal Behavior and Training, Eleasha Gall, CPDT-KA.
spcaLA’s “Dog Behavior for Law Enforcement” is the only California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST)-certified course concerning law enforcement and canines. The course is also approved by the State Humane Association of California (SHAC).
Lt. Perea served as one of a small group of subject matter experts on how law enforcement can best interact with canines in the course of duty at the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Law Enforcement and Canine Encounters” Forum in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 2016. His participation prompted the DOJ, National Canine Research Council, and Safe Humane Chicago to take the spcaLA course.
“The purpose spcaLA’s ‘Dog Behavior for Law Enforcement’ course is to affect more positive outcomes for officers come face to face with the family dog like reducing the number of deadly force incidents, and recognizing behaviors that may avoid the need for force,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein.
“Dog Behavior for Law Enforcement” is reinforced with the most current and credible information available from an array of recognized, respected leaders in animal science fields, and teaches the officers to assess a credible threat, and to use the equipment they have available.
The course debuted in January of 2015 when the agency educated the officers of the Hawthorne Police Department. Since then, Lt. Perea and Ms. Gall have taught the course to officers all over the State.
For more information, please contact Ana Bustilloz at 323-730-5300 x252, cell 323-707-1271 or abustilloz@spcaLA.com.
Since 1877, spcaLA has been the premiere independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California. There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.