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Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator Course

In 2011, TACA was asked to take over the training programs formerly offered by the Association of Certified Cruelty investigators. ACCI wanted to improve the training it was providing by making the courses specific to each of the states they were currently teaching in. ACCI recognized TACA as the leading agency in Texas for animal control and welfare and knew TACA's history and stability made them the ideal candidate to continue providing this much needed training to the benefit of TACA's members and the animals they protect. TACA's board recognized the value the courses provided to its membership and unanimously approved taking over the courses. This new training became known as the Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator courses and provides the highest level of specialized training for those tasked with performing these duties.

TACA's Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator courses are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to handle all aspects of a cruelty investigation, from reportwriting to courtroom procedures. Cruelty cases are often won or lost based upon the credentials of the expert witnesses. Defense attorneys will often attempt to have testimony from ACOs thrown out or disallowed if they can't prove that they have specific experience in cruelty investigations. Certification as a TCCI provides tangible proof that you have the training and experience needed to handle these unique cases and will make sure that your voice is recognized as the expert testimony it should be. 

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Course Outline

TCCI 101

Approved for 17 CE hours by TDSHS
Topics covered include the correlation between animal cruelty and human violence, bloodsports, and animal husbandry of domestic pets and livestock.  

Next available offering:

March 22-24, 2020
Hosted by Waco Animal Services
March 22:  1:00 - 5:00
March 23-24:  8:00 - 5:00 each day

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, March 19, 2020!
Payment must be made prior to class.

Class Location: 
Waco Animal Shelter
2032 Circle Road
Waco, TX. 76706

Please click here to download the necessary information for this course (members only).  Note!  This course is a half-day followed by two full days.


CI 201

Approved for 13 CE hours by TDSHS
Topics covered include basic investigation techniques, legal aspects, search warrants, writing reports, warrants, and affidavits, and a mock trial.  This Course is not required for Certified Peace Officers, although they may attend if they wish.

Next available offering:

June 25-26, 2020
Hosted by Waco Animal Services
8:00 - 5:00 each day

Registration Deadline is  Friday, June 19, 2020!
Payment must be made prior to class.

Class Location: 
Waco Animal Shelter
2032 Circle Road
Waco, TX. 76706

Please click here to download the necessary information for this course (members only).


CI 301


Approved for 6.5 CE hours by TDSHS
Topics covered include Texas cruelty laws, on-scene evidence collection, processing evidence in the shelter, puppy mills, and animal hoarding.

Next available offering:

November 8, 2020
MCM Elegante Hotel
Abilene


All courses are approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services for continuing education hours for Animal Control Officers. 

All courses are approved by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for continuing education hours for Certified Veterinary Technicians.

CI 101 and 301 are accepted by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for continuing education hours for law enforcement personnel.

Please click here to download a brochure and registration form.

Please click here to go to the Training Page where you can register for the classes. 

Please note!  any registrations or payment sent by USPS mail must be sent to:

TCCI
4206 Selina Ct.
Arlington, TX  76016

Certification Requirements

Animal Control Officers must satisfactorily complete all three courses.  Certified Peace Officers must satisfactorily complete Courses 101 and 301.

Courses do not have to be taken in any particular order; however certification is not transferred until all courses are successfully completed as required. 

Officers who have successfully completed a cruelty investigations course given by the National Animal Control Association, the Law Enforcement Training Institute, or the Association of Certified Cruelty Investigators may be certified as a TCCI if they email proof of training for consideration and approval.  Officers who have successfully completed prior training may get credit for CI 101 and/or CI 201 and only be required to complete CI 301 for certification.

All Officers certified as TCCI must obtain and maintain an annual membership with TACA.  Officers whose memberships lapse will be required to pay all back dues owed before they may be reinstated as a Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator.

All Officers certified as TCCI must successfully complete a renewal course at least once every three years.  Renewal courses will be provided each year at TACA's Annual Training Conference. To register for renewal, please contact Jay Sabatucci.

NOTE!
TCCI Classes in 2020 will be held in  Waco, Texas at the City Shelter, 2032 Circle Road:

TCCI 101, March 22-24, 2020                
TCCI 201, June 25-26, 2020

TCCI 301, November 8, 2020, MCM Elegante Hotel, 4250 Ridgemont Drive, Abilene

Watch for updates and opening of registration in 2020!

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