WPD to train with Humane Society

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Humane Society along with other Kansas agencies are providing a training session for police officers in handling situations with animals.

Wichita animal services say officers have little training when it comes to situations with animals but they respond to hundreds of these types of calls.

Since this time last year, officers have responded to about 2,000 neglect calls and about 180 cruelty calls in Wichita.

Many of these officers have not gone through specific training in order to deal with these calls effectively and safely.

Lieutenant Brian Sigman says, “What we are trying to do is show the officers that animals are reacting because of a certain situation to where maybe they can handle the situation a little differently and no officer wants to shoot an animal. We are hoping this training will help them understand a little bit better."

The training session will go over animal crimes and laws as well as animal cruelty and puppy mills.

There will be 300-400 officers going through the training.

Wichita will have its training session Wednesday but there will also be training sessions held in Kansas City, Topeka, Dodge City and Haysville.