Why Field Training Officer Programs are the Foundations of Police Departments

Why Field Training Officer Programs are the Foundations of Police Departments

The influence of a Field Training Officer (FTO) on a new recruit can last throughout a law enforcement career. In this regard, FTO programs help build a foundation for new officers that can have lasting effects on police departments, communities, and other officers.

In this webinar, Lieutenant Tracy McCray of the San Francisco Police Department (who has overseen 300+ recruits) and police veteran and trainer Bruce A. Sokolove from law enforcement consulting firm Field Training Associates explore the foundations of a successful FTO program.  

Topics include:

• Why you need to set a strong foundation first

• How you can develop a framework for your program that breeds transparency and honesty

• Contemporary best practices and breaking routines to build a better cop

• The overall impact your FTO program can have on a department and community

The influence of a Field Training Officer (FTO) on a new recruit can last throughout a law enforcement career. In this regard, FTO programs help build a foundation for new officers that can have lasting effects on police departments, communities, and other officers.

In this webinar, Lieutenant Tracy McCray of the San Francisco Police Department (who has overseen 300+ recruits) and police veteran and trainer Bruce A. Sokolove from law enforcement consulting firm Field Training Associates explore the foundations of a successful FTO program.  

Topics include:

• Why you need to set a strong foundation first

• How you can develop a framework for your program that breeds transparency and honesty

• Contemporary best practices and breaking routines to build a better cop

• The overall impact your FTO program can have on a department and community

The National Decertification Index (NDI) is a national registry of police officers whose law enforcement credentials have been revoked due to misconduct.

For more than 10 years, the NDI has provided police departments, state agencies, and other organizations with decertification data about potential hires.