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NATIONAL CENTER FOR PROSECUTION OF ANIMAL ABUSE
Training & Webinars

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LIVE WEBINARS

 

June 18, 2015 from 3-4pm eastern
Putting the LINK Puzzle All Together: Building Community Partnerships to protect Animals and People
Presented by Phil Arkow, Coordinator, National Link Coalition

As awareness of “The Link” between animal abuse and crimes against the human members of the family has grown, many criminal justice agencies have not only launched specialized prosecution units but are also organizing multidisciplinary community partnerships and animal cruelty task forces. This webinar will review how animal cruelty is often a predictor and indicator crime for domestic violence, elder abuse and child maltreatment. We will look at several local Link coalitions and describe a 7-step process by which prosecutors can engage community agencies in a coordinated effort to prevent the many interlocking forms of family violence. 

This webinar will be beneficial for prosecutors and allied professionals who wish to work collaboratively to respond to and prevent cruelty to animals and how it links to violence to humans.
Register here

 

August 20, 2015 from 3-4 pm eastern
Animal Cruelty Crime Scene Forensic Photography
Presented by: Belinda Lewis, MS, CAWA (Director, Animal Care and Control in Fort Wayne) and Matt Lewis (retired detective, Fort Wayne Police Department)

he photographic compilation of the animal cruelty case should provide a permanent record of the scene and even more importantly, tell the story. Your photography will compliment your narratives and support your case, but only if done properly. This webinar will cover the basic rules of crime scene photography and overcoming photographic challenges to present images that achieve your goals. You will learn appropriate crime scene photographic and processing approaches, proper investigative photography of impounded animals, injuries and wounds, and necropsies, and become even more proficient at ensuring your evidence is admissible in court. The goal is to put together a case that you are proud to submit to your prosecutor and one they will confidently carry forward with a successful prosecution. Note: Due to the nature of this webinar, we cannot avoid showing some photos of abused/neglected animals. This webinar will benefit investigators (law enforcement, animal control and humane investigators), prosecutors, veterinarians, and shelter staff.
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Continuing Legal Education Credits
The Virginia State Bar has certified these webinars for 1 CLE credit. After the live webinar, you may request a Uniform Certificate of Attendance from NDAA to be submitted to your state bar for continuing legal education credits. You must be on the webinar for the full hour and must have your browser open to only the webinar (you cannot have any other screen open, including a screen to take notes) otherwise we cannot verify your participation. Upon request, NDAA will verify your participation and send you the appropriate forms. Please email NCPAA for this document.

Other webinars from our partners at ASPCA
Check out two free anti-cruelty online courses on Combating Dogfighting and Investigating Animal Abuse for Law Enforcement offered by our partner at ASPCA.

TRAININGS

June 2, 2015 – Washington, DC
Training at the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference on “When the Abuse of Animals Harms Children: Unlocking a Child’s Story” and “Therapy Animals Supporting Kids: Policy, Practice & Cases Supporting Your New Comfort Team Member.” Register here

June 3- 5, 2015, Manchester, NH
Training at the 2015 Partnering for a Future Without Violence Conference on “How Therapy Animal Programs Can Benefit Your Work with Maltreated Children: Strategies for Successful Implementation at CAC’s, Prosecutor’s Offices and Courthouses” and “The Danger of when Animal Abuse Co-Occurs with Family Violence: Strategies and Policies for Keeping Families Safe.” Register here

July 23-24, 2015 – Orlando, FL
Training at the 2015 Florida Krimes Against Kids Conference on “The Danger of when Animal Abuse Co-Occurs with Family Violence: Strategies and Policies for Keeping Families Safe” and “Therapy Animals Supporting Children: Policy, Practice & Cases Supporting Your New Comfort Team Member.” Register here

 

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