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  • 1.  How did your community develop roles/job descriptions for Animal Control Officers?

    Posted 08-12-2022 09:47 AM
    I posted this on another thread and am posting here in hopes of receiving more responses. I volunteer in a tiny Balkan country called Montenegro, which has never had any sort of ACOs or professional staff for animals apart from veterinarians.  There is an Animal Welfare Law, but no actual enforcement mechanism.
    There is a growing call among Montenegrins for "Animal Police", and a sense that this will quickly solve the problems of abandonment, neglect and abuse.

    As a volunteer in Montenegro, I try to provide information and resources that would not otherwise be considered on a variety of topics related to animal welfare.  I would love to learn how communities have developed the roles and job descriptions of ACO's, to include the variety of duties we all know they perform, and  the nuances of effective practice other than writing tickets. 

    I know there are a ton of resources already available, but I'm looking for things that address the creation of the jobs, (or maybe the reimagining of the jobs) what was done right, painful lessons not to repeat, etc. 

    Also, are there any communities in the US where animal control does NOT fall under a law enforcement agency?   Does that affect the function of your CSO's?

    Thanks for any help!  I look forward to learning more.
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    April King
    Volunteer and Board Member
    Kotor Kitties
    +1 206 407 5336
    http://www.kotorkitties.org
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  • 2.  RE: How did your community develop roles/job descriptions for Animal Control Officers?

    Posted 08-12-2022 09:50 AM

    I shared this on the original post and am adding it again here.

    Wow! I'd love to visit Montenegro someday. I can recommend our latest field services course, NACA Field Services Series: Community-Centered Programming. It contains job descriptions, protocols, checklists from the point of view of shelters that are successfully focusing on non-punitive methods of resolving these issues as a first step.



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    Erika Shaffer
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 3.  RE: How did your community develop roles/job descriptions for Animal Control Officers?

    Posted 08-15-2022 09:34 AM
    Thank you for posting and for being so proactive in your search to find reimagined roles for ACOs! This is something the field has been exploring and trying to dive into deeper - we know that officers wear many hats these days and that proactive prevention methods and strategies could be the key in many of the cases later seen as neglect, etc. Programs that support community solutions are important :) Here is a new course we created that has some of the tools and tactics being implemented across the country! Maddie's Fund: NACA Field Services Series: Community-Centered Programming (maddiesfund.org). There are a ton of humane law enforcement/field service teams operating not under the PD, hopefully, we hear from some of them here!

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    Jerrica Owen, CAWA
    Executive Director
    National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA)
    jowen@nacanet.org
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