Become an HLE Officer
If you’ve watched Animal Precincton Animal Planet, you’re familiar with the work of the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Division. The ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division investigates 400 to 500 cruelty complaints a month, which result in approximately 100 arrests per year. We receive many calls and emails from individuals across the country who want to know how to become HLE officers and join our HLE team.
Please note: The ASPCA’s HLE division has powers to investigate cruelty in the state of New York only. We do not employ officers for agencies across the nation.
If you are interested in becoming an ASPCA HLE Officer:
The position of HLE Officer at the ASPCA is prestigious and highly sought-after. The ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division has occasional openings for qualified candidates. All ASPCA HLE officers must reside in New York State and be eligible for certification as a New York State Peace Officer. This certification is authorized and discussed in the New York State Criminal Procedure Law Article 2, Section 2. The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services is designated to administer this certification program. If you have skills and education that you think will make you a superior candidate for the position of HLE Agent, please forward your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ASPCA values its employees and provides excellent employee benefits.
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 Agent.
Just for kids and young adults
Even if you’re years away from getting your first job, you’re never too young to get started. Thinking big and planning ahead will get you far. Visit our children’s website, ASPCAKids, for special information on becoming an animal cop.