21st Century Field Training; Part #1

The National Association of Field Training Officers has been keeping a close eye on the impact and effects that the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing has had on field training programs nation-wide. NAFTO fields questions on a regular basis from departments asking for guidance or training in an effort to comply with the task force’s final report….

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What Shape Is Your FTO Program In?

 What Shape Is Your FTO Program In, and Does It Reflect Where You Want To Be? It has been a long time since most agencies have done any significant hiring so what will it take to be ready for the new officers when they enter your FTO training?  Most agencies will just dust off the field training program they…

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Texting vs Talking

After attending the NAFTO Conference in Washington State and attending the class “Generational Differences” I not only found out how old I was, but there was a significant generational gap between me and my trainee’s.  In an effort to close the gap, not in age, but in knowledge I found myself looking up Twitter, Facebook and Instagram just to…

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Have you thanked your FTO lately?

A good training officer will provide the tools needed to a new officer so they can build a successful career By Joshua School, C1 Contributor What group of people are the most influential in shaping officers at a correctional facility? Who works with new officers on a daily basis? Who do veteran officers turn to for professional advice? I…

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Leadership FTO vs Sgt.

About seven years ago I wrote an “FTO Manual” for newly appointed Sergeants & Acting Sergeants for my department. The entire manual was based off the principals and concepts I have been teaching for about 20 years as a Washington State FTO Academy instructor. I wrote this article as an introduction to the manual. It outlines some concepts and…

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