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Law Enforcement Today | November 1, 2014

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Field Training Officer (FTO)

FTO’s Best Advice

February 24, 2014 | 2

A lot has changed since I began this career over 30 years ago. When I think of all the different styles of policing that have evolved through the decades, sometimes it seems that good old common sense may … Read More

Only A Cop – Professionalism Has Its Cost

July 19, 2013 |

During my rookie year, I experienced a feeling of intimidation, concern, and self-doubt.  I never foresaw these feelings emerging as I sought to reach my goal. I considered it an honor and privilege to be appointed a … Read More

Burnout and the Field Training Officer

February 9, 2012 |

Being a Field Training Officer (FTO) is one of the most important assignments for which an officer can volunteer.  Unfortunately, some officers also “get volunteered,” which is not the best way to select FTOs.  Field training officers … Read More

Asking Questions Saves Lives Train the Trainer

February 8, 2012 | 1

We all have times when we get into such a hurry that we have no idea what is going on around us.  It gets worse when we fail to ask questions when we have them. I helped … Read More

By Choice or Fate

January 22, 2012 | 1

We do not always get to pick the duties we fill as law enforcers, but I believe they are all important. I recently had an officer complain to me about his training assignment for a basic academy … Read More