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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Intelligence Based Training

Intelligence-Based Training has a place in training Student Officers.  Do you use Intelligence-Based Training in your agency? Field Training Officers are integral to the future and success of not only each individual student officer they mentor but to the overall success and legitimacy of the agency as a whole. We know the face of any agency is the patrol…

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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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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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