Morning Course: 
Animal Cruelty Investigator/Humane Law Enforcement Panel 
8:30am to 11:30am
A State By State Panel of New England Humane Law Enforcement Officers, Their Cases, Response to Complaints and Cost of Care

Steve Sprowl; Humane Agent and Field Services Manager, New Hampshire SPCA

Steve Sprowl joined the NHSPCA 17 years ago after retiring from the Rochester Police Department as a Detective. During his time with Rochester, he worked for the NH Attorney Generals Narcotics Taskforce, supervising the unit for several years. During his time with the NHSPCA, Steve has investigated hundreds of cases of animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect, to include cases involving animal fighting. Steve is a NACA certified Humane Officer, and a graduate of the Code 3 Equine Investigations School.

Joe Warzycha, Rhode Island SPCA

President, Former Humane Law Enforcement Officer

I am a graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S in Criminal Justice. I attended the RI Municipal Police Academy in 1997 and prior to joining the RISPCA, I was employed as a police officer for the City of East Providence. I have been employed as an Animal Cruelty Officer for 10 years and I am a nationally certified Animal Cruelty Investigator and Equine Investigator. I am a certified Rope Rescue Technician and Switfwater Responder, both specializing in animal rescue.  I am on the board of Directors for the Pets in Need Veterinary Clinic, Advisor for the New England Federation of Humane Societies and member of the Rhode Island Livestock Welfare Council. I also served six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Lieutenant Alan Borgal, Law Enforcement Department, Animal Rescue League of Boston

Alan Borgal began working at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) almost 40 years ago as a shelter kennel worker. He became a Massachusetts Special State Police officer in 1981 and began investigating incidents of animal cruelty and abuse. Today, Lieutenant Borgal is the director of the Center for Animal Protection at the ARL. In 2007, Alan received the “Heroes Among Us Award” presented by the Boston Celtics. He also received the  Vartkes K. “VIC” Karaian Award in May of this past year for his work in supporting environmental health in the community.




JoAnn Nichols started in the animal welfare and animal rights movement in the late 1970s. Working in Animal Sheltering for over twenty years, currently she is the Humane Investigator and TNR Specialist at the Humane Society of Chittenden County, she enjoys the challenges the work brings and partaking in making a difference for just one animal in need. Along with her employment at HSCC, she also works at BEVS (Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists), is the part-time Animal Control Officer for South Burlington and operates her own wildlife business providing humane solutions for homeowners when wildlife moves into their home.


Afternoon Course:

Officer Safety for the ACO

12:30pm to 4:30pm

Instructor: Chief David B. Goldstein 

David B. Goldstein has been a police officer for over 39 years. He is currently the Chief of Police in the City of Franklin, NH. Before assuming his present position, Chief Goldstein was the Chief of Police for the Winthrop, MA Police Department from 2004 to 2009.

From 1982 until his retirement in 2004, Chief Goldstein was a member of the NH State Police. During his tenure, he had a number of assignments including, Uniform Patrol, Field Training Officer, investigations of Crimes Against Children, Undercover Narcotics Investigations, Major Crime Unit, SWAT/Crisis Negotiations, and Polygraph Examiner. He retired with the rank of Captain.

Prior to the state police, Chief Goldstein was a sworn member of the Derry, NH Police Department from 1979 to 1982. There he held the positions of Uniform Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer.

Chief Goldstein holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University, an M.S. in Public Health from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Services from Walden University. This degree also includes a concentration in Criminal Justice. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology/Psychology at Tufts University.

Dr. Goldstein has published a number of articles relative to stress and trauma in law enforcement and his doctoral dissertation was a case study of the Vermont State Police Peer Support Program.


Dr. Goldstein is a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is Board Certified in Forensic Traumatology by that organization. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.