Annual Conference: will be held in Harrisburg at the Best Western Premier Central Inn, on Thursday and Friday, May 9th & 10th, 2019. We are working on an agenda that will include dynamic speakers, important topics, and opportunities for continuing education credit.
Training in euthanasia-by-injection will also be offered during the conference. It’s a two-day training, taking place on May 9th & 10th, also at the Best Western.
Watch this space for details!
Training: Humane Society Police Officer training will be offered again in the spring of 2019.
Part I of the course is five days, April 15th – 19th, 2019, Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm, and will be held at the Best Western Premier Central Inn, in Harrisburg. Rooms are approximately $100 per night, including a full hot breakfast, plus 11% tax. (If you are coming alone but would like to share a room with someone so you can split the cost, we may be able to help you find someone.)
There is a test at the conclusion of Part I, and provided that you pass the test, you can continue to Part II.
Part II of the course is also five days, Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm, but will be held in the State College area.
We will have a block of hotel rooms reserved for both parts. Please watch this space for an announcement with details.
Please note that HSPO training is a significant investment both in terms of time and money. The state requires you to have eighty (80) hours of training, forty (40) in a classroom setting and forty (40) “in the field”, in a more agricultural setting.
We are using the Best Western Premier Central Hotel & Conference Center for Part I. Rooms are $90.95 per night, plus 11% tax. That rate includes a full breakfast. If you have friends or relatives in the area, you don’t have to stay in that hotel, but if you need a hotel, this is a pretty good deal. If you would like to room with someone so you can split the cost, let us know and we will try to help you find a roommate.
Part I of the course will cost $650, and Part II will probably cost the same, but we have to confirm all the details before we know. We use a hotel near Penn State because we use a lot of the Penn State facilities, agricultural and such.
Please note that you have to work for an SPCA or a humane society — there’s no such thing as a free-lance HSPO.
As mentioned, this is a significant commitment of both time and money, but people who work in this field are dedicated professionals who all seem to be very satisfied with their work. Salaries vary according to the financial wherewithal of your employer, but you can make a decent living as a Humane Society Police Officer.
Let us know if you have any other questions or comments!