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Who we are:

The National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO) is a non-profit educational and professional association concerned with apprenticeship training.

Commonly referred to as the “Field Training Officer Concept”, apprenticeship training is used for law enforcement, communications, and corrections personnel. Educators, administrators and other criminal justice practitioners are also encouraged to participate.


NAFTO was created as a resource for law enforcement, corrections, and communications trainers throughout the United States and beyond.  NAFTO encourages the exchange of ideas and communication in order to promote “Field Training Program” related issues, which are unique to apprenticeship training models.


Those who choose a career in law enforcement, communications, corrections, and EMS, do not have the skills necessary to simply show up and perform the job in a proficient manner.  These career fields have a basic training requirement, such as an academy.  This training is basic and provides the foundation of learning.  However, it does not provide all the skills necessary to ensure candidates are ready to perform the duties required to do the job in a solo or proficient status.


Apprenticeship training, also known as “The Field Training Officer Concept” is necessary to provide training to new candidates.  Field Training Officers known as FTO’s, are experienced officers who attend organized and established training that provides the skills necessary to evaluate and train career candidates.


NAFTO is a resource for Field Training Officers, agencies and departments for developing, and growing field training programs.   NAFTO hosts an annual national training conference.  This annual training conference features break-out sessions, guest speakers and more.  Field training officers in various career fields exchange ideas and solutions for field training programs within their own organization.

How we can help.

Standardized Field Training Reduces Liability As It Relates To:
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Negligent Retention
  • Negligent Assignment
  • Negligent Entrustment
  • Negligent Training
  • Failure to Document
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Failure to Direct
  • Due Process Issues

Apprenticeship Training

Whether FTO or PTO model, Apprenticeship training is used for Law Enforcement, Communications, Corrections and EMS.


21st Century Policing

NAFTO is knowledgeable in regards to the recommendations made by the Task Force for 21st Century Policing.


Subject Matter Experts

Law enforcement, Communications, Corrections, EMS; We have subject matter experts to help your organization.



NAFTO provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, techniques and program management and best practices.

Benchmark Analytics invites all NAFTO National Conference attendees to relax and enjoy themselves in the conference Hospitality Suite. Benchmark Analytics will provide the snacks and beverages. You bring good conversation and fun-loving spirit. This is a great opportunity to exchange coins, patches, stories, and good ideas! Thank you Benchmark Analytics for your support. 
NAFTO is proud to partner with Virtra to bring you the NAFTO Night-In. This  yearly event is open to all National Conference attendees and is always a good time! Our Night-In includes the annual Cornhole Tournament, snacks, drinks, and entertainment. NAFTO and Virtra invite you to join us Wednesday night, June 14th @ 7pm in the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. Thank you Virtra for your support!

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Our annual conference cannot be possible without the support of our sponsors.


Field officer training series focuses on strong fundamentals

Field officer training series focuses on strong fundamentals

Over 60 local law enforcement personnel from various agencies to include Navy Police, Judiciary of Guam, and the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency participated in a training that helps lay a solid foundation for incoming officers.

What is a field training officer? An FTO essentially serves as a guide that all new officers are expected to follow. They are responsible for cultivating and nurturing the new officers into becoming the type of officer the community deserves. Recently, a weeklong training was held.

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