Illegal Animal Fighting – POST Certified Course
Sponsored by the Oakland Police Department
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
8:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch)
Oakland Police Department, PAB Auditorium, 455 7th St.
Cockfighting and street level dog fighting are very prevalent in Oakland and often connected to other serious crimes. Learn how to identify the signs of animal fighting and the laws against it.
This course covers animal fighting (including cockfighting), the history of animal fighting, applicable state and federal laws, case law, investigative techniques, search warrants, evidence collection, officer safety issues, and prosecution preparation.
Eric Sakach, a Senior Law Enforcement Specialist for the Humane Society of the United States and former director of the HSUS West Coast Regional Office, spent 33 years investigating illegal animal fighting rings. Sakach’s undercover work has led to the arrest and conviction of more than 500 people involved in illegal cockfights and dogfights, as well as to some of the first convictions under the Federal Animal Welfare Act.
This course is open to all OPD sworn personnel, animal control officers, code enforcement, investigators, and members from the District Attorney’s office.