Blue Knights with Lt. Dan Marcou

Blue Knights
 with Lt. Dan Marcou On patrol you are not looking for something, you are looking for everything.”  A long-time Field Training Officer told this to every recruit he ever trained.  He hoped to encourage them to be proactive and maintain a wide-open mind, during every contact. He did this because experience had taught him that one good…

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Officer Safety: Inside and Out

Officer Safety: Inside and Out By Sgt. David J. Harris As the FTO Coordinator for my agency, it has been quite some time since I had a Student Officer in my car.  Recently that opportunity presented itself.  I found myself recalling all of the skill sets required to an effective FTO.  One thing that stood out to me is…

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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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