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Does your number begin with a 408? If so, yes!
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Does your number begin with a 408? If so, yes!
Yes that is it.
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Alrighty! Then I will give you a call next week, regardless and see how it is going, or I'll look for you on facebook.
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Just make sure it doesnt slip out to MHS staff... I wouldnt want them to feel bad that Im coming down and only seeing YOU. Or worse yet, they'd go to the trouble of breaking out the red carpet, kill the fatted calf, go to all the trouble of throwing a large, surprise party at my homecoming.

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Just make sure it doesnt slip out to MHS staff... I wouldnt want them to feel bad that Im coming down and only seeing YOU. Or worse yet, they'd go to the trouble of breaking out the red carpet, kill the fatted calf, go to all the trouble of throwing a large, surprise party at my homecoming.

AndI am sure that the Sgt would be lading the parade. I will make no mention of it. I haven't even mentioned that I know people that used to work there. I figured that the unsaid is probably the best said.
On another note I have found Winnie's pic on the academy wall but have so far been unable to find yours. What year did you take it, or did you?
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The patience of a saint. The authoritarianism of a dictator. The skills of a politician and the thickest skin of anyone else.


That says it all!
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Well, it is hard to say. Some of us work for Non profit organizations, some work for Health Departments and some for Police/Sheriff departments. The way I feel is we are not yet a profession but a division of a greater profession. I would like to see in the future a POST style training for ACO's, and an oath but until then I can't say it is a profession. Maybe someday I can go to my child's Animal Control Academy graduation and pin the badge on their chest. I suppose that is something we can all strive for. Mr. Kumpf and everyone else who has put this site together as well as the powers behind NACA have made great strides towards that.

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Or worse yet, they'd go to the trouble of breaking out the red carpet, kill the fatted calf, go to all the trouble of throwing a large, surprise party at my homecoming.

Yeah, like that fabulous goodbye party. Two sides of the room, and everybody ignoring that big empty gulf in between.

But it's all good. (And when you're not dealing with aspholes everyday, it's all even better.)
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I'm probably not as intellectual as you two, but I think one of the things that holds us back is the lack of a "place to put us".

In that scope, how many of us work for the Police, Health Departments, Counties, Code Enforcement, or have our own departments?

When a government decides to provide animal control to it's public it then decides where to stick us. If a city needs a police officer, it creates a police department, even if it only has one officer, same with fire, it doesn't stick that police officer under the health inspector, or community planner, or road maintenance, but when they need an animal control officer, they may stick us anywhere, I know I've heard of some acos who work partime as water employees and part time as acos.

I think that is a huge obstacle to overcome in becoming a profession. When we go to classes with other acos they all work for a variety of different departments and unless they are in a huge city rarely is it the Animal Control DEPARTMENT, it's usually just a division under some other heading.
Yep, totally agree. In my career I have been in the PD, SO and Parks Department....where I had the best boss of all! He treated me as a pro and supported me 1000%. I know in my state not only are ACO's in all kinds of departments, some are strictly Dog Control, some are ACO, some are Humane Officers, Code Enforcement, etc. If the name is not even the same from town to town or state to state, how in the world can someone feel we are professionals? Right now professionalism has to come from within each individual officer, it is not imposed from the outside very often.
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