Do You Invest In Your Employees?

After completing the law enforcement academy in 1995, I rode with veteran officers so I could learn how to do the job.  The department did not have a Field Training Program. I only learned from veteran officers who were supposed to “teach” new officers.  Out of the three “veteran” officers I was learning from (rode with), only one actually…

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Lateral FTO Program Question

A recent question came to NAFTO in regards about lateral hires and the length of the FTO Period.  The question was should the lateral hires complete the full FTO program for your agency or can their FTO training be abbreviated? I work for an agency of 2800 and we have discussed this issue in some length, as well as,…

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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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FTO Burnout – Article

Being a Field Training Officer is one of the most important assignments in each and every agency. Field Training Officers volunteer their services to their departments in order to share their knowledge and skills with the youth of law enforcement. The Field Training Officer has first crack at developing the culture, attitude and work ethic of a young police…

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I Learned That From You

In my 23 years of law enforcement I have had the privilege of serving in many different specialty positions.  I have been a detective, bicycle officer, Defensive tactics instructor, a TAC officer at the basic law enforcement academy, and a patrol sergeant to name a few.  But the one specialty position I found to be the most rewarding was…

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