February Humane Highlight

Written by NACA

February 1, 2022

Jenn Rauzan
Peoria Police Department Animal Control

I served as a Communications Specialist (911 operator/police dispatcher) for the Peoria (AZ) Police Department for ten (10) years before becoming the department’s Police Community Services Supervisor in 2018. As a Community Services Supervisor, my section manages animal care and control, crime prevention and educational programs offered by the department, and the volunteer program. In addition to Community Services, I serve on the departments Crisis Negotiations Team. Animal control is staffed with five full-time Animal Control Officers. The unit responds to calls of animals disturbing, loose animals, animal cruelty cases, injured animals, and a host of other situations involving domesticated and wild animals. Peoria’s Animal Control Officers are civilian employees authorized to investigate and enforce the Peoria City Codes and ARS pertaining to animals. Our Animal Control Officers are dedicated to providing humane treatment for all animals in their care, and each Officer receives specialized training by the National Animal Control Association in animal safety, handling, first aid, apprehension techniques, and capture equipment. Their shifts are seven days a week in addition to emergency on call after hours. They also host animal wellness clinics for the residents of Peoria with the generous support of Fix.Adpot.Save. . I am privileged to work with Stephen, Samantha, Samuel, Megan, and Brittany five of the most amazing hard-working individuals. Their dedication to the profession and department, customer service, and passion for the job is humbling and I am honored to work with them each day.

I most enjoy the NACA trainings that are offered and personalized for the animal control profession.

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