Dr. NURIA QUEROL1, Prof. Miguel Angel Soria1, Prof. Ariadna Trespaderne1, Prof. David Villalba1, Former Director John Thompson2
1Profiling And Crime Behaviour Analysis Group, Law School, Univ. Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain,
2National Sheriffs’ Association, Alexandria, United States
The specific outcome for the Animal Cruelty as a Gateway Crime project is to build the capacity of law enforcement agencies to recognize acts of animal cruelty crimes and the fact that they can serve as a precursor to more violent crimes, as a co-occurring crime to other types of offenses, and as an interrelated crime to offenses such as DV and elder abuse. To achieve the primary project outcome, the National Sheriffs’ Association facilitated a series of meetings during its 2015 Winter Conference in D.C., between law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and animal welfare advocates to deal with the feasibility and issues involved with the establishment of a process to create greater law enforcement awareness of the dangers of animal abuse and its role as an indicator of other criminal behavior.
-Animal Cruelty as a Gateway Crime white paper with collaboration of COPS (Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, US Dept. of Justice)
-A series of informational videos targeted at patrol officers, deputies, and investigators on the nexus between animal cruelty and other crimes
-A free app for both Android and iOS devices that LEOs can access when responding to calls for ser-vice and which can be useful in determining if animal cruelty offenses may be precursors or co-occurring with other types of criminal behavior or crimes.
Medical Doctor, Biologist and Criminologist. Prof. Profiling And Crime Behaviour Analysis Group, Law School, Univ. Barcelona. National Sheriffs’ Association, NLECAA Advisory Board Member, USA. NSA’s DV and Crime Victim Services Member, USA. NSA’s Animal Cruelty Committee. Representative of the Council of Medical Societies at the National Comission Against Domestic Violence, Government of Catalonia. Representative of the Council of Medical Societies at the Working Group on Sexual Violence & Stalking of the National Comission Against Domestic Violence, Government of Catalonia. Member of WONCA (World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of Family Physicians ) Special Interest Group on DV.