2013 FTO of the Year

Congratulations to Officer Mike Youngblood with the Los Angeles Airport Police for being selected as the 2013 NAFTO FTO of The Year!  His dedication and work ethic to the Los Angeles Airport Police FTO program made him an excellent choice and well deserving of this award.

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Recognition of Service

Tina Huber was nationally recognized by the executive board for 20 years of service to the Washington Chapter of NAFTO. Tina served as the Director of the WA-Chapter of NAFTO for a significant period of time. Gregg Knapp was recognized by the WA-Chapter for 20 years of service to the Washington Chapter of NAFTO. Interestingly enough, both Tina and…

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The Importance of Wait Time

By Sgt. David J. Harris In my previous article I discussed the reasons for FTO’s asking their trainees, or student officers, the “why” questions.  While I do believe it is critical to ask questions, it is just as important to permit our S/Os the time to answer them It is well documented in classroom settings that teachers ask their…

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Why Ask the “Why” Questions

By Sgt. David J. Harris As a Field Training Officers, we are required to assume many roles, sometimes referred to as the ability to “wear many hats.”  Mentor, counselor, instructor, coach and evaluator to name a few.  One of these “hats” requires training and, in my humble opinion, experience. As we all know, FTO’s are expected to evaluate the…

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