2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 4 - Agriculture And Domestic Animals
Section 4:22-11.11 - Training Course For Animal Protection Law Enforcement.
4:22-11.11 Training course for animal protection law enforcement.
11. a. The Police Training Commission, in collaboration with the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, shall develop or approve a training course for animal protection law enforcement, which shall include but need not be limited to instruction in:
(1)the law, procedures, and enforcement methods and techniques of investigation, arrest, and search and seizure, specifically in connection with violations of State and local animal cruelty laws and ordinances;
(2)information and procedures related to animals, including animal behavior and traits and evaluation of animals at a crime scene;
(3)methods to identify and document animal abuse, neglect, and distress; and
(4)investigation of animal fighting.
The course developed or approved pursuant to this subsection shall be the same or substantially similar to the course developed and approved for certified animal control officers who are authorized as animal cruelty investigators pursuant to sections 3 and 4 of P.L.1983, c.525 (C.4:19-15.16a and C.4:19-15.16b) and P.L.1997, c.247 (C.4:19-15.16c. et al.).
b.Every agent and humane law enforcement officer appointed after the date of enactment of P.L.2005, c.372 (C.4:22-11.1 et al.) shall satisfactorily complete the animal protection law enforcement training course within one year after the date of the agent's or officer's appointment.
c.The Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer of a county society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals may request from the Police Training Commission an exemption from applicable law enforcement parts of the animal protection law enforcement training course on behalf of a current or prospective agent or humane law enforcement officer who demonstrates successful completion of a police training course conducted by a federal, state, or other public or private agency, the requirements of which are substantially equivalent to or which exceed the corresponding requirements of the animal protection law enforcement training course curriculum established through the Police Training Commission.
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