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10 Tips for Field Training Officers

Think of an FTO as a football coach shaping, leading, and preparing a new member of his team. He or she needs to be prepared and bring the right skillset and methods to the table for best training the new recruits.

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Why Police Should Invest in Training "Above and Beyond" State Requirements

Taking on the challenge of attending training above and beyond what is merely required can have myriad benefits—from increasing the prospects of promotion to simply preventing an untimely demise.

Examining PERF's "40 Guiding Principles" to "Retool" Police Recruit Training

If police trainers can examine—with an objective and critical eye—some of the suggestions made in the new Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) report on recruit training, a great deal of good can potentially come of it for officers, agencies, and the communities they serve.

TN Officer Shot in Foot During Struggle with Suspect

Police say how Chavez got his hand on the officer’s gun is unclear at this time and it has not been determined whether the gun was coming out of the holster before it was fired.

Tactical Longevity: Taking Proactive Approach to Officer Mental Wellness

“A resilient officer is someone who can bounce back from a really difficult experience, someone who can both not only mentally but also physically bounce back. We've spent energy and effort on physical resiliency, but we really do need to spend effort on emotional and mental resiliency,” Prohaska says.

Kentucky Program Helps LE Agencies Recruit from Military

The M-2-LE program allows local law enforcement agencies in Kentucky to hire active service members within all branches of the U.S. military during their last 180 days of service.

Training in the Era of De-Policing: FTOs Facing (and Overcoming) Challenges

Despite the challenges FTOs face today, Dan Greene—Executive Director of the National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO)—remains optimistic about where the profession is going, and how well FTOs are adjusting to the ever-changing landscape.

Applying a Famous Mother Theresa Quote to Law Enforcement

Graham Tinius, training coordinator of the National Association of Field Training Officers, talks about how Mother Theresa's philosophy of just help one works for police.

Georgia Officer and Two Women Killed at Domestic, Suspect Dead

Field Training Officer Henry Laxson was shot and killed during the domestic response, which began around 8:40 p.m. in Rex, Clayton County police Chief Kevin Roberts said early Wednesday.

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Vector Solutions Unveils New Application for Managing Law Enforcement Field Training Officer Programs

The three-part system not only makes it easier to provide training, but it also helps to increase safety measures in the field by ensuring accurate documentation and accountability for every single officer, the company says.

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