Selection procedure & guidelines for the National Association of Field Training Officers FTO of the Year.
1. The NAFTO National President will appoint a selection committee consisting of (3) three members in good standing of NAFTO for FTO of the Year Award. Eligibility for nomination. Nominees must:
- Be a current full-time employee of a Law Enforcement Agency, Communications Center, or Correctional Institution and/or be actively engaged in the function as a Field Training Officer or in the capacity of field training.
- Have demonstrated a commitment to the profession through exceptional performance in one or more of the following areas:
A. Service – service is defined as excellent or exceptional service to their agency over a sustained period of time with attention to a devotion to duty and an awareness of the importance of public service.
B. Leadership – leadership is defined as persons having provided servant leadership in a particular task, set of tasks, or for a particular activity that represents an understanding and respect for accomplishment against challenges and performed with resolve, perseverance, and/or an appreciation for inclusion.
C. Ambition – ambition is defined as an innovative or entrepreneurial mindset in terms of task accomplishment, of critical analysis that defies the conventional wisdom, and/or action that leads to a product or creation that is beneficial to the larger community.
D. Spirit – is defined as that sense of being that embodies an enthusiasm for the purpose, mission and belief in the institution and that acts on that enthusiasm for the benefit of field training. Examples include various acts including those of safety and heroism, exemplary and/or distinctive behaviors of human relations, acts of kindness, etc.
E. Bravery/Heroism – is defined as an act above and beyond the normal actions of an individual when such an act expose themselves to unusual risk and resulted in the saving of the life of another human being.
- Has not been a previous recipient of this award for one of the first four (A – D) categories.
- Administrators, staff, and officers may nominate an individual or a team of individuals for recognition in any one of the five categories above.
2. Nomination letters, not to exceed two pages in length, should address the basis for the rationale of the nomination in the particular categories (A – E) stated in the guidelines above.
- Letters of nomination must be received by the Executive Director up to and including March 1 st prior to the annual National Conference.
- The FTO of the Year Selection Committee will review the letters of nomination and make their selection to the National Board March 15th.
- Announcement of the recipient of the FTO of the Year Award will be made at the Annual National Conference.
- The award winner will be notified by the Executive Director prior to April 1st.
- The recipient will receive the FTO of the Year Award at the National Conference’s banquet dinner. If the recipient is unable to attend, the award will be shipped.
- Nominees not selected will receive honorable mention at the National Conference and a letter of recognition.