Field Training Officer

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Class Description

MPOETC Credits: 19.5

The future of a police department is significantly impacted by the field training officer (FTO). The FTO is a vital member of the department, responsible for training new recruits and determining the viability of these recruits as law enforcement officers. When FTOs are properly trained, they can help make sound personnel decisions and avoid future performance and legal issues.

The Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) is pleased to partner with our co-sponsor to offer this powerful three-day program, which is designed to prepare officers for field-training responsibilities. Rather than using a previously formulated method of instruction, we teach what we believe to be the best of each method, and then allow trainees to devise their own program. This highly interactive class places an emphasis on imparting the knowledge and skills needed to properly train and mentor recruits for work as law enforcement officers. All of our courses are instructed by current practitioners or recently retired executives. Key concepts and topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Key Concepts for Field Training Officer
Key Concepts Topics
Elements of the communication process
  • Tailoring to departmental needs
  • Motivational and descriptive communication
Adult learning concepts  
Concepts of appraisal
  • Evaluating a trainee’s performance based on policy procedures and guidelines
Evaluating training performance
  • Evaluation based on a trainee’s performance while completing basic tasks
  • Counseling of a trainee based on positive or weak performance
Ethical issues
  • Counseling of a trainee on the issues of ethics and the performance of duty
Job-task analysis and patrol function  
Review of FTO forms  
Group and individual exercises  

Cost: $450/person

Upcoming Classes

Co-sponsor: Cranberry Twp/Moon Twp/Butler Sheriff
When: September 24, 2018 – September 26, 2018
Where: 1000 Maintenance Drive, Cranberry Township, PA

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Co-sponsor: York County Sheriff's Office
When: October 15, 2018 – October 17, 2018
Where: 330 Emig Rd, York, PA
Co-sponsor: John H. Stamler Police Academy
When: November 26, 2018 – November 28, 2018
Where: 1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ
Co-sponsor: Lincoln University
When: February 11, 2019 – February 13, 2019
Where: 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA
Co-sponsor: Allegheny County Police Training Academy, Whitehall Police Department
When: February 20, 2019 – February 22, 2019
Where: 700 West Ridge Dr, Allison Park, PA
Co-sponsor: Morris County Police Academy
When: April 8, 2019 – April 10, 2019
Where: 500 W Hanover Ave, Morris Plains, NJ
Co-sponsor: John H. Stamler Police Academy
When: December 11, 2019 – December 13, 2019
Where: 1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ