Interested in Law Enforcement and Animal Law?

Find out if Humane Law Enforcement is right for you.

The Explorer Experience

Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and become responsible and concerned adults. Explorer programs emphasize career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education and leadership. Participating in the Explorer program can help you determine whether a career in law enforcement is right for you and give you a head start on the competition.

The Schenectady County SPCA is currently accepting applications for the position of Humane Law Enforcement Explorer. Classroom instruction and field training is provided at low or no cost. Explorers will serve as members of the Schenectady County SPCA Law Enforcement Program and will train in multiple areas and situations including:

  • Evidence, Search and Seizures
  • Arrests, Miranda and Article 35
  • Witnesses, Interviews and Crime Scenes
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms/OC Spray
  • Animal Law
  • Dogfighting Recognition and Prevention
  • Animal Hoarding
  • Abuse Prevention and Education
  • Animal Abuse as a Gateway Crime
  • Cyclical and Correlated Abuse – The connection between animal abuse, domestic violence and child abuse.

SPCA Explorer Firearm Training


In order to remain in good standing with the Schenectady County SPCA Explorer Post, members are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Attend classes or field training two times per month. Classes are held at 441 New Karner Road, Albany NY, 12205.
  • Participate in at least one community outreach or fundraising event per month such as Rabies Clinics or the SPCA annual Wags and Whiskers Family Fun Fair.
  • Correctly wear program uniform and comply with the Schenectady, Schoharie and Saratoga County SPCA code of conduct.


The Schenectady County SPCA Explorer program is open to young adults ages 14 and graduated from eighth grade through 20 or age 15 through 20 years old.

Applicants must pass a criminal background check and undergo a complete character assessment.

Applicants must posess and maintain a minimum 2.0 cummulative GPA and remain in good academic standing for the duration of participation.

Additional Benefits

Scholarship programs for those interested in law enforcement careers.

Participation in Explorer conferences.

Participation in community events as Schenectady County SPCA volunteers.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should contact Post Committee Chair Greg Rinckey at or call the Administrative office at (518) 640-3537 to secure an application. Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of applications.

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