Tactical Animal Control Officer

Tactical Animal Control Officer Certification

Course Description

The Tactical Animal Control Officer Certification course is a forty (30) hour course designed for officers seeking advanced field operations training in chemical immobilization, bite stick, O.C. spray, and infrared thermometry.  The course is comprised of lectures, hands-on training activities, and student presentations/discussions.

Course Topics

This course utilizes lectures from the core training blocks (CTBs) of the American Animal Cruelty Investigations School’s Training Curriculum.  The required lectures are appropriately weighted in their respective CTBs as required for all ACO certifications.

Training Block A: Chemical Capture and Immobilization

  • Chemical Immobilization Equipment
  • Pharmacology, officer safety, public safety, and animal safety
  • (See our chemical immobilization course description for detailed curriculum outline)

Training Block B: Bite Stick

  • Bite stick familiarization and the law
  • Officer safety, public safety, animal safety, personal and professional liability
  • (See our bite stick course description for detailed curriculum outline)

Training Block C: O.C. Spray

  • O.C. spray familiarization and the law
  • Officer safety, public safety, animal safety, personal and professional liability
    (See our O.C. spray course description for detailed curriculum outline)

Training Block D: Infrared Thermometry

  • Introduction to infrared thermometry
  • Officer safety, public safety, animal safety, personal and professional liability
  • (See our infrared thermometry course description for detailed curriculum outline)

Course Prerequisites and Restrictions

This course requires the student to be currently employed as a law enforcement or animal care and control professional with at least 1 year experience in that role. This course is restricted to law enforcement and animal care and control professionals.

Completion Standards

Students must attend all lectures, participate in all hands-on activities and scenario-based training, and pass a written exam with a score of 75% or higher.

Certifications

Students successfully passing this course will receive the following AACIS certifications:

  • Chemical Capture and Immobilization
  • Infrared Thermometry
  • Bite Stick
  • O.C. Spray

Training Credits and Limitations

This course is a requirement and counts towards the 110-hour AACIS certified Animal Control Officer certification and the 270-hour AACIS Certified Humane Investigator certification.