Being a Field Training Officer is one of the most important assignments in each and every agency. Field Training Officers volunteer their services to their departments in order to share their knowledge and skills with the youth of law enforcement.
The Field Training Officer has first crack at developing the culture, attitude and work ethic of a young police officer. A role that must not be taken lightly! And most FTOs do not take it lightly. In fact, most FTOs take their responsibilities very seriously. In the year 2000 the National Institute of Ethics completed what was at the time the nation’s largest study of ethical standards inside law enforcement. They found that the Field Training Officer was the most frustrated officer in the department. (more…)