The NJ-NAFTO board consists of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and director.
Sgt. Joshin Smith
Officer Robert Domski
Officer Glen Arthur
Officer Kevin Collucci
Lt. Paul Hasselberger
Members who serve on the NJ-NAFTO board, do so on their own time. These positions are not paid or compensated. These individuals have a strong desire to see the apprenticeship training model succeed in the State of New Jersey. Commonly referred to as the Field Training Officer concept (FTO) for Law Enforcement, Communications, and Corrections. This is the most widely used training model in the State of New Jersey.
The NJ-NAFTO Board meets several times annually. They communicate with the chapter membership to ensure the success of the New Jersey Chapter of NAFTO. Additionally they are the local voice for the National Association of Field Training Officers. To be elected to the NJ-NAFTO board, you must first be a member in good standing with NJ-NAFTO.
A few years ago, my agency was going through the accreditation process and implemented a policy regarding field training. Although the proposed program was a dramatic improvement from the practice at the time (Who do we put the new guy with?), it didn’t come with experience or advice on how to effectively or successfully administer a true field training program.
Having taken interest in field training after attending a FTO in-service course, I met with the other FTOs and we collectively took control of our program. The problem we faced was finding someone to advise and help us work through agency specific issues. I was lucky to have kept in contact with the FTO instructor who graciously gave us a lot of help. Additionally, I reached out to agencies across the country to gain a better understanding of how to implement and develop our program.
Five years later, I’m proud of our agency’s program and of the hard work the FTOs do. Reflecting back on how we achieved our success, I realized a local resource was needed to help guide and advise officers and their agencies who find themselves in a similar situation.
Our goal is to create an organization that can provide this assistance and help mentor newer FTO programs, while also providing the regular training to maintain the existing programs. To accomplish this, we’ll need your help!
Current FTO Instructors:
We are calling on all local instructors to join our Chapter as local leaders. You are in the best position to know how to help your local agencies and direct the Chapter’s resources. It would be foolish to try to take over what you’ve already been doing and to start from scratch when you’ve already established a field training presence in your area. Instead, we call on you to join our leadership council and drive the progress of our new Chapter.
Aside from the FTO, no single person has as much impact on the success of an FTO program. Unfortunately, few are given more than basic training in the area, and are left to make the program work. The real concern isn’t realized until a civil suit or grievance is filed against you and your agency. Join, and our group of field training leaders can act as liaisons to assist in the development of your program. We can assist in the area of policy development, administration of the program, and in paperwork creation. FTO programs are not one-size-fits-all. Success of your program requires it to be tailored to your agency’s specific needs.
This organization is dedicated to your success. You are the officers executing the program day-in and day-out. Through your success, we can improve the overall level of training provided to newly hired officers. We will be able to provide you with additional training and administrative support to train at the highest level. Join the association to show your agencies you believe in field training and are committed to its success.
Field Training is not a new topic to law enforcement; however, the drive for agency accreditation in New Jersey has created the need to form a network of trainers looking to help others develop and administer their programs. My motivation is to seize this opportunity and develop an association to provide this assistance throughout the state.
Buy in and join us now.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your interest in the association.
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