By: Jami Landry
Hoarding is a compulsive disorder that is becoming increasingly well recognized by law enforcement and members of the public. Arresting hoarders remains controversial in the public eye, largely due to a lack of information about the disorder, and the often misunderstood lack of intent on the part of the offender. This training will address establishing a relationship with offenders, gathering solid evidence and documentation, presenting a case to prosecutors, filing charges and sentencing and plea agreements. Ways to educate the public, ADAs, legislators and judges about hoarding and the necessity of court ordered counseling will be explored. The PAWS for Offenders class for Hoarders, created and taught by the DCSPCA will be discussed, as well as ways to create and implement such a class in your jurisdiction.
Jami Landry is the Senior Humane Law Enforcement Officer at the Dutchess County SPCA and has been with the organization for five years. She is a graduate of Bard College and the Zone 14 Police Academy. She is expected to complete an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program by the end of this year. Jami teaches animal cruelty at the Dutchess and Ulster County police academies and is a Certified General Topics Instructor for New York State..." Link