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Regulation 1004. Field Training Program

(a) Program Requirements

Any department which employs peace officers and/or Level I Reserve peace officers shall have a POST-approved Field Training Program. Requests for approval of a department’s Field Training Program shall be submitted on a POST-Approved Field Training Program (FTP) or Police Training Program (PTP) Application, POST 2-229 (12/2012), herein incorporated by reference, signed by the department head attesting to the adherence of the following program requirements:

(1) The Field Training Program shall be delivered over a minimum of 10 weeks and based upon the structured learning content as specified in PAM Section D-13.

(2) A trainee shall have successfully completed the Regular Basic Course before participating in the Field Training Program.

(3) The Field Training Program shall have a Field Training Supervisor/Administrator/Coordinator (SAC) who:

(A) Has been awarded or is eligible for the award of a POST Supervisory Certificate or

(B) Has been appointed by the department head (or his/her designee).

(C) Meets the training requirement specified in subsection 1004(c).

(4) The Field Training Program shall have Field Training Officers (FTOs) who:

(A) Have been awarded a POST Basic Certificate (not Specialized);

(B) Have a minimum of one year general law enforcement uniformed patrol experience;

(C) Have been selected based upon a department-specific selection process; and

(D) Meets the training requirements specified in subsection 1004(d).

(5) Trainees shall be supervised depending upon their assignment.

(A) A trainee assigned to general law enforcement uniformed patrol duties shall be under the direct and immediate supervision (physical presence) of a qualified Field Training Officer (as described in subsection 1004(a)(C)(4)).

(B) A trainee temporarily assigned to non-enforcement, specialized function(s) for the purpose of specialized training or orientation (i.e., complaint/dispatcher, records, jail, investigations) is not required to be in the immediate presence of a qualified Field Training Officer while performing the specialized function(s).

(6) Trainee performance shall be:

(A) Documented daily through journaling, daily training notes, or Daily Observation Reports (DORs) and shall be reviewed with the trainee by the Field Training Officer; and,

(B) Monitored by a Field Training Program SAC, or designee, by review and signing of the DORs or, by completing and/or signing weekly written summaries of performance (e.g., Supervisor’s Weekly Report, Coaching and Training Reports) that are reviewed with the trainee.

(7) Each Field Training Officer shall be evaluated by the trainee and a Field Training Supervisor/Administrator/Coordinator (SAC) as follows:

(A) The trainee shall complete an evaluation of each assigned Field Training Officer at the end of the Field Training Program.

(B) The Field Training Supervisor/Administrator/Coordinator (SAC) shall provide, at least annually, a detailed evaluation to each Field Training Officer on his/her performance as a Field Training Officer.

(8) Trainees shall complete an evaluation of the Field Training Program at the end of the program.

(9) The Field Training Officer’s attestation of each trainee’s competence and successful completion of the Field Training Program and a statement that releases the trainee from the program, along with the signed concurrence of the department head, or his/her designee, shall be retained in department records.  Retention length shall be based upon department record policies.

An approved Field Training Program remains in force until modified, at which time a new approval is required.

(b) Program Exemption

A department may request an exemption of the Field Training Program requirement if:

(1) The department does not provide general law enforcement uniformed patrol services; or

(2) The department hires only lateral entry officers possessing a POST Basic Certificate and who have either:

(A) Completed a POST-approved Field Training Program, or

(B) One year previous experience performing general law enforcement uniformed patrol duties.

Requests for an exemption shall be made on a POST-Approved Field Training Program (FTP) or Police Training Program (PTP)  
Application, POST 2-229 (12/2012)
, signed by the department head, along with written documentation attesting to the 
department’s qualification(s) for an exemption. In the event that a department no longer meets the exemption criteria, a request
for POST-approval of the department’s Field Training Program shall be made as outlined in PAM Section D-13.

(c) Field Training Supervisor/Administrator/Coordinator (SAC) Training Requirement

Every peace officer promoted, appointed, or transferred to a supervisory or management position overseeing a field training program shall successfully complete a POST-certified Field Training Supervisor/Administrator/Coordinator (SAC) Course (as set forth in PAM Section D-13) prior to or within 12 months of the initial promotion, appointment, or transfer to such a position.

(d) Field Training Officer (FTO) Training Requirements

(1) Every newly appointed FTO shall:

(A) Successfully complete a POST-certified Field Training Officer Course (as set forth in PAM Section D-13) prior to training new officers, and

(B) Complete 24-hours of update training every three years following completion of the Field Training Officer Course.  The update training shall be satisfied by:

1. Completing a POST-certified Field Training Officer Update Course (as set forth in PAM Section D-13), or

2. Completing 24-hours of department-specific training in the field training topics contained in the Field Training Officer Update Course (as set forth in PAM Section D-13).

(2) Every reassigned FTO, after a 3 year-or-longer break in service as an FTO, shall

(A) Successfully complete a POST-certified Field Training Officer Update Course (as set forth in PAM Section D-13) prior to training new officers, and

(B) Complete 24-hours of update training every three years.  The update training shall be satisfied by:

1. Completing a POST-certified Field Training Officer Update Course (as set forth in PAM Section D-13), or

2. Completing 24-hours of department-specific training in the field training topics contained in the Field Training Officer Update Course (as set forth in PAM Section D-13).

 

(Revised 10/01/2016)

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