If you’ve watched Animal Precinct on Animal Planet, you’re familiar with the work of the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Division. Our Agents enforce animal cruelty laws throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn Queens and Staten Island. We receive many calls and emails from individuals across the country who want to know how to become humane law enforcement agents.
Please note: The ASPCA’s HLE division has powers to investigate cruelty in the state of New York only. We do not employ Agents for agencies across the nation.
Outside of New York State/non-New York State residents:
The ASPCA recommends calling your state and local animal organizations and animal control offices to see if they have a humane law enforcement program. Check our online shelter directory to find contact information for shelters in your area.
You can also contact your local law enforcement department and ask if they have offer HLE training and placement. For further information, contact the National Animal Control Association or email email@example.com.
Experience and schooling
When preparing for a career in Humane Law Enforcement, your choice of schooling is really up to you. Prior experience as a police officer, park ranger, or peace officer may help make you a more attractive candidate. Many states offer specific training for humane law enforcement. In addition, classes in criminology and animal sciences will also complement a career as an HLE officer.