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Keeping records in check Electronic field training management gives police agencies a clear view of recruits’ potential By Bob Galvin N o department can afford to be without some kind of field training pro- gram. And while a majority of departments use a type of these referred to as the “San Department in Nevada and was programs, not all of them agree Jose Model,” after the first FTO meant to be a replacement for on which training — the Field training program at San Jose the FTO program, but today Training Officer (FTO) model (California) Police Department in operates as an alternative train- or Police Training Officer (PTO) the 1970s. ing program. Regardless of model — is the best fit. Using PTO models, recruits which field training is selected, The FTO model aims at help- learn skills in community-based one thing all agencies can agree ing post-academy recruits transi- policing and problem solving. on is the need to automate how tion to single-officer assignments This model, the “Reno Model,” training records are documented, in a patrol division. It is often originated at the Reno Police tracked and updated. 46 Law Enforcement Technology ■ March 2009 ■ www.officer.com Training types Typically, the training officers receive from the academy is too minimal to prepare them for real-life work in the field, which is why many agencies immediately enroll new recruits in FTO or Software programs electronically track and display lists of common daily activities PTO programs. These programs and objectives that are part of a recruit’s FTO program. are often intense and rigidly structured, rendering manual Self-evaluation A holistic approach documentation of complet- According to PTO Officer Ben According to Richmond ed tasks almost impossible. Harvey, one of the intents of the (California) Police Sgt. Roger Fortunately, several software problem-based PTO software Buhlis, it’s important that PTO packages are now available is to allow for self-evaluation recruits understand their role in to electronically manage and reflection among trainees. the community in a more holis- these aspects. “Crown Pointe’s software causes tic mode. Buhlis helped form t
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