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Field Training Officer Instruction/Sokolove

Hours: 40
Tuition: $400.00

This forty-hour course is specifically designed for experienced uniformed patrol personnel selected to serve as Field Training Officers with probationary employees. The course emphasizes the FTO’ s role in assisting probationers certify for solo patrol operations by applying the knowledge and skills acquired during Basic Police Training/Certification and using them according to agency policy, procedures and community service delivery standards.

The instruction highlights two essential Field Training and Evaluation Process skills: the ability to examine and objectively document the probationers job behaviors using non-numerical/behaviorally anchored standardized assessment guidelines and, analyzing the probationer’s training needs and using proper instructional techniques for corrective action. The instruction presentation will focus upon discussion as well as hands-on application of the course materials in small group and individual/student exercises. Students are asked to bring their department's training manual to class. Students will be required to complete out-of-classroom reading assignments from the course text and workbook, Breaking Routine™: Field Training Officer.

Course contents include:

  • What every FTO really needs to know about the operational structure of the Field Training & Evaluation Process.
  • The Instructional Relay Race: Taking over where Basic Police Training/Certification left off.
  • Selection and use of on-the-job instructional techniques: finding the right tools to meet the challenge.
  • Examining probationer assessment standards that work to produce Self-Reliant™ law enforcement officers
  • Utilization of legally defensible, non-numerical standardized evaluation guidelines
  • Objectively documenting probationer performance
  • Documenting the extent of training and coaching

Instructed by Bruce Sokolove and his training associates

**Cancellations for this class must be received by SLEA 35 days prior to the start of the program in order to avoid being billed!**

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