Field Training Officer: Basic

Field Training Officer: Basic

Presented by: Kevin Kelleher, Field Training Solutions

Wednesday - Friday, December 7 - 9, 2020, 8:30AM - 4:30PM.   $295

28 hours (POST Board Approved)

To register, contact dianne@ftosolutions.com.

COURSE OVERALL LEARNING GOAL:

Our San Jose-based field training officer course prepares newly appointed FTOs for the important and challenging role they have in shaping the future of today’s modern law-enforcement agencies.

This course develops FTOs to be the best trainers possible. It focuses on how to teach, how to coach, how to address training problems, and how to evaluate performance. Upon completion of the three-day classroom portion of this course, participants will return to their agencies for an orientation to the field-training program used by their agency. Your FTO coordinator, using our guide, will instruct the participants in the format, forms, timeline, capabilities and limitations of your particular program.

No matter what field-training program your agency uses, this course will meet your FTO-developmental needs

COURSE OVERALL LEARNING GOAL:

  •  Field training philosophy
  •  The role of the field-training officer
  • Communication skills
  • DISC personality profile
  • Adult learning
  • Learning preferences
  • Generational differences
  • How to create training opportunities 
  • Performance documentation
  • Performance appraisal
  • Evaluation exercises

DAY ONE focuses on how to teach, including the Department of Justice FTO program recommendations such as learning preferences, generational differences, and the importance of personality in reading and communication.

Day One Agenda

  • Introduction and course overview
  • FTO program overview — Phase training, DOR, Program issues
  • Role of the FTO
  • Organizational skill set assessment
  • Adult learning
  • Problem- and scenario-based learning
  • Learning preferences

DAY TWO focuses on coaching and communication, including role plays confronting performance issues and performance improvement, and the impact of personality on communication and evaluation.

Day Two Agenda

  • Review of Day One
  • Performance scenario #1
  • Coaching
  • Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)
  • Performance scenario #2 — PIP writing and presentation
  • DISC Personality Inventory
  • Performance scenario #3 — PIP writing and presentation

DAY THREE focuses on evaluation, which includes evaluation exercises in which attendees are welcome to use their own DOR or our San Jose-based template.

Day Three Agenda

  • Review of Day Two
  • Evaluation overview
  • Categories and behavioral anchor
  • DOR / Narrative — Fahd Case
  • Evaluation exercises
  • Out of class assignments and course evaluations

Upon completion, each attendee will return to his or her agency for an orientation to the particular field training program that his or her agency uses.

 

INSTRUCTOR PROFILE:

Kevin Kelleher served many assignments with the Chisholm (MN), Bloomington (MN), and Wayzata (MN) Police Departments, including patrol, SWAT, investigations, sergeant, K9 supervisor, and oversaw field-training programs for over ten years before retiring as chief of police. He is an alumnus of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course and the Senior Management Institute for Police. Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in Education and teaches at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, and is an instructor and course director for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety in Evanston, Illinois.

 

Managing Field Training

Managing Field Training

Presented by: Kevin Kelleher, Field Training Solutions

Monday, December 4, 2020, 8:30AM - 4:30PM.   $95

7 hours (POST Board Approved)

To register, contact dianne@ftosolutions.com.

COURSE OVERALL LEARNING GOAL:

Our one-day Managing Field Training course is intended for those who oversee field training in their agency. The day will consist of discussion, presentation, practical exercises, and a round-table sharing of field training issues facing the attendees.

COURSE CONTENT:

  • Compare different types of field training programs. No matter what your program looks like now, its roots are probably in one of three programs. In this block we will explore the roots of those programs and compare and contrast how they work.
  • Identify training skills and methods used by successful FTOs. Have we created field training officers or field evaluation officers? This topic will identify the training and teaching skills that every FTO needs to have in his or her training tool kit.
  • Explore selection criteria for FTOs. Good FTOs have to have good police skill sets. What else should we be looking at in our FTOs?
  • Examine national standards for field training programs. This block will take a look at what the National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO) recommends in field training. We will also examine field-training practices the Department of Justice took issue with in consent decrees from around the country.
  • Identify factors and solutions in conflicts between FTOs and recruits. We’ve all heard about “personality problem” in the car. What causes it, and more important, what can we do about it?
  • Practice keeping your field training program current through modification and expansion of both the DOR and Training Inventory. We will practice program modification by developing a very basic field training program for newly promoted supervisors.

INSTRUCTOR PROFILE:

Kevin Kelleher served many assignments with the Chisholm (MN), Bloomington (MN), and Wayzata (MN) Police Departments, including patrol, SWAT, investigations, sergeant, K9 supervisor, and oversaw field-training programs for over ten years before retiring as chief of police. He is an alumnus of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course and the Senior Management Institute for Police. Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in Education and teaches at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, and is an instructor and course director for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety in Evanston, Illinois.