Humane Law Enforcement Officer Career

In the job in the capacity of a Humane Law Enforcement Officer, you are a full trained and authorized officer of the law with the primary purpose to enforce laws related to the humane treatment of animals.


  • Patrol natural areas to ensure safety or enforce regulations.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Investigate animal abuse cases.
  • Investigate accidents to determine causes.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Issue warnings or citations.
  • Apprehend criminal suspects.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
  • Serve court ordered documents.
  • Provide safety training.
  • Rescue animals from hazardous situations.
  • Rescue people from hazardous situations.
  • Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items.
  • Inform the public about policies, services or procedures.



Median salary 2019:  $65,000 annually

Job opportunities are quite strong in the future in this career subsector as employment shows good growth of 5% 2019-2029.

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Academic Programs

Humane Law Enforcement Officers must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, although some federal agencies and police departments may require that applicants have completed college coursework or a college degree. Most humane law enforcement officers must graduate from an agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training.  In addition, community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset in many federal agencies and geographical regions.

To find an institution of higher education that offers a program relative to your career aspirations as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer, the easiest place to start for most people is to perform a simple search by area of interest.  Education and training branches out across multiple disciplines.  Overall, there are certificate, associate, and bachelor's degree programs in public and private postsecondary colleges and universities across the country in the following areas:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Humane Education
  • Law Enforcement


Use the link provided below and the ‘Browse for Program’ button to search by program area:

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