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  

View program learning objectives.

Cost: $450/person

Upcoming Classes

Co-sponsor: Wilkes-Barre City Police Department
When: September 23, 2019 – September 25, 2019
Where: 15 N. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Co-sponsor: Ocean County Police Academy
When: October 1, 2019 – October 3, 2019
Where: 659 Ocean Ave., Lakewood, NJ
Co-sponsor: Butler County Sheriff's Office
When: October 15, 2019 – October 17, 2019
Where: 227 W Cunningham Street, Butler, Pennsylvania
Co-sponsor: Lancaster County Sheriff's Office
When: October 28, 2019 – October 30, 2019
Where: 101 Champ Blvd, Manheim, PA
Co-sponsor: Easton Police Department
When: December 9, 2019 – December 11, 2019
Where: 48 N. 4th Street , Easton, PA
Co-sponsor: John H. Stamler Police Academy
When: December 11, 2019 – December 13, 2019
Where: 1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ
Co-sponsor: Allegheny County Police Training Academy
When: February 24, 2020 – February 26, 2020
Where: 700 West Ridge Dr, Allison Park, PA
Co-sponsor: Sayreville Police Department
When: March 16, 2020 – March 18, 2020
Where: 1000 Main Street, Sayreville, NJ
Co-sponsor: Morris County Public Safety Training Academy
When: April 6, 2020 – April 8, 2020
Where: 500 W Hanover Ave, Morris Plains, NJ