GCSO: Beyond the Doghouse Training
Written by WBTA STAFF on May 1, 2018
Training seminar being held today, May 1, 2018 and tomorrow, May 2, 2018, at GCC, Conable Building
Tuesday, May 1st
8:00 – 8:45 REGISTRATION
& CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:45 – 9:00 WELCOME
9:00 – 10:00 DIFFUSING CONFLICT
& PERSONAL PROTECTION
10:00- 10:45 DUTIES OF A DOG CONTROL OFFICER
10:45- 11:00 BREAK
11:00- 12:00 CRIMINAL OR CIVIL OFFENSE?
12:00- 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 WRITING TICKETS
& SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
2:00 – 4:00 BUILDING YOUR CASE
& INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES
Wednesday, May 2nd
8:00 – 8:30 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:30 – 9:15 GRANT WRITING
9:15 – 10:00 DOG PARKS
10:00 – 10:15 BREAK
10:15 – 11:15 DOG BEHAVIOR
11:15 – 12:15 CANINE DEMO
12:15 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:30 – 4:00 DANGEROUS DOG PRESENTATION
& MOCK TRIAL
TOWN OF OAKFIELD
3219 DRAKE STREET
OAKFIELD, NY 14125
In the Doghouse
The theme of this seminar is how to be an effective Dog Control Officer and protect yourself while carrying out your duties. Dog behavior can be difficult to understand and we have a certified behaviorist to explain the subtle cues. Issuing appearance tickets can be time consuming and supporting documentation can be confusing; there is a presentation to clarify the process. Going to court? Building your case properly is going to you the desired result in the courtroom. Court procedures and a mock trial for a Dangerous Dog hearing will bring a close to the seminar.
Diffusing Conflict & Personal Protection
Learn how to diffuse situations and protect yourself in the process. What are you allowed to carry on your person by law? Demonstrations of the proper use of a catch pole will be followed by hands-on practice by participants.
Duties of a Dog Control Officer
A representative from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will be available with the most current version of Article 7 & 26 and ready to answer any questions.
Court Procedures: Judge Thomas Graham & Melissa Cianfrini, ADA Genesee County
Back by popular demand, these two presenters will be going through their presentation on Article 7 and Dangerous Dog Hearings. The Honorable Judge Graham is opening up his courtroom for the presentation and a mock trial for our attendees. This is a unique opportunity to ask questions from a Judge that was a former K-9 Officer and a Sergeant for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. He has experience on both sides of the bench that is very valuable. Ms. Cianfrini is an excellent and thorough presenter and is always ready to answer any questions that arise.
Presenters & schedule are subject to change.
Criminal or Civil
Is your case civil or criminal in nature? Should the DCO issue a summons or an appearance ticket? Will the complainant need to file in a civil court of law? Determine how to proceed and handle the situation.
Writing Tickets & Supporting Tickets Documents
How to write an appearance ticket and the supporting documentation that is needed. When do you need an accusatory instrument, a supporting deposition, and who get copies of which forms? Is the ticket being issued off of state law or local law? Participants will be asked to share local laws that they have found to be effective in their own municipalities.
Building Your Case & Interviewing Techniques
How do you interview complainants, witnesses, dog owners? Learn which questions to ask and how to ask them. What is admissible in court…screen shots of social media accounts? Learn how to build your case and the proper chain of evidence.
Grants are out there for the animal sheltering world. This presentation will focus on how to find the grants that your organization qualifies for and how to write for the grant.
Dog parks are the popping up all over the place. If they are not in your municipality yet, there may be a group discussing putting one in and it might be there soon. This presentation addresses the laws concerning dog parks and how they affect DCOs in their daily duties.
Dog Behavior: Karlene Bonnes,
Animal Behavior Specialists, Inc.
Karlene Bonnes is a graduate of Cornell University and certified behaviorist specializing in dog behavior. Ms. Bonnes has been in the field for over 25 years and is widely used as a behaviorist in Dangerous Dog cases.
Canine Demo: Deputy Christopher Erion & Destro
Deputy Erion and Destro are a K-9 team for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. Destro is used for human tracking and drug detection, along with his handler, of course! We will build upon what learn with Karlene Bonnes with Destro.