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Accepting Remedial Training

Remedial training is something nearly every field training recruit (FTR) must endure. There will be an element in a task that you didn't perform to a satisfactory level, and your FTO will insist you practice this skill before you move forward. Calm down and accept the learning moments to come.

November 22, 2010

Are You Willing To SPEAK UP?

Add S.P.E.A.K. U.P. to your acronym list, and you'll improve your chances for a successful law enforcement career. These are the fundamentals.

November 15, 2010

A Message For FTOs: Prepare For the Worst

How many calls do you respond to that could become an armed confrontation? I think of alarms-in-progress, domestic disputes, bar calls and gang contacts. These need to receive the once over or brief intros during the first week.

August 13, 2010

Not Everything Will Get You Killed

"If you do this or that you will get killed." I have heard this statement millions of times. Every officer has. It becomes meaningless to us all when it is overused.

July 13, 2010

Surviving Rookie Mistakes

Surviving Rookie Mistakes

Of course, you will be picked on and probably get a nickname related to your mistake, but you take it and walk.

June 9, 2010

Advice to the Newest FTO

Set the learning and work standards and stick to them. None of the "good enough for government work" crap. Teach your recruits to work, train, and earn their keep.

April 27, 2010

Your Best FTO

If you want a super cop hero in your life, go rent a movie. If you want a real cop in your life, your academy cadre and FTOs are there to teach you today and for the rest of your career.

February 11, 2010

Firearms 101

Say you're on duty and you contact some thugs who have guns. You have to make their guns safe for transport. If this is the first time you have ever seen this design of weapon, then what are you to do?

October 7, 2009

FTO: Mentor or Monster

This column is directed to the FTO or the future FTO. You are the most critical link between academy training and education and real world application. So, let's not waste such an opportunity.

February 23, 2009

Watch, Speak, Do

Your ability to observe, verbalize, and perform is very important. One day in court it could mean the difference between guilty and not guilty.

January 26, 2009

The Honor of Being an FTO

No supervisor worth his stripes would ever select a non-performer to become an FTO.

January 26, 2009

Remember Where You Came From

We have all had to endure the rites of rookiehood. It is up to each and every one of you to change it for the future.

December 1, 2008

Age Differences in Training

One recruit had retired from the military and was of the mindset that the only person who could train him was someone chronologically older than he was. This created a problem.

September 19, 2008

Tactical Verbalization

You should be thinking to yourself as you approach any call for perceived dangers. For example, when I park the patrol car I should not park directly in front of the building. You should take critical microseconds to gain a tactical advantage that places you in an advantageous position to observe and respond.

September 5, 2008