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Managing the Patrol FTO Program   

Based on the nationally acclaimed San Jose Model of the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP), this course focuses on the responsibilities of the FTO program manager and shift supervisors. Officers assigned to their agency training sections and professional standards, who also interact with the FTO program, will benefit greatly from the information provided in this class.

This course is packed with information which you can immediately apply towards building a stronger and more effective FTO program. Specific attention will be focused on the myriad FTO program management and supervisory tasks which must be addressed in order to run an up-to-date and legally defendable FTO Program. We will examine a “best practice” FTO selection process and discuss FTO specialty unit incentives. We will also explore steps to create or update an FTO program.

Topics Include

  • The duties and responsibilities of the FTO program manager
  • The FTO program responsibilities of the shift supervisor
  • A “best practice” FTO selection process
  • The FTO Specialty Unit and attached benefits
  • Dealing with your unproductive FTOs
  • FTO program files and operational manuals
  • Structuring and modifying your FTO program
  • Preparing your new FTOs to work with their first trainee
  • Preparing a new trainee to enter the FTO program
  • How to determine if your trainees are passing or failing the FTO Program
  • Computer-based FTO programs
  • Remedial training action plans for failing trainees
  • FTO Program budgets
  • Layers of documentation (both mandatory and optional)
  • Short-version FTO Programs for officers with prior experience
  • Landmark FTO Program law suits
  • Discipline within the FTO Program
  • Preparing for a trainee termination


Patrol FTO program managers, patrol shift supervisors, and senior patrol field training officers who are interested in moving into FTO supervision and management positions. Sworn middle-management and executive level personnel who desire to learn more about managing a Field Training and Evaluation program. Agency training officers involved in the FTO program will benefit from this course. Communications, corrections and other non-patrol public safety personnel choosing to attend this course must be prepared to convert the information presented in class into their own specialized FTO program environments.

This course is restricted to sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Length

20 hours

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • “The entire course was beneficial. Very relevant information. Will use numerous forms for new implementation into our program.” – Const. P.A.
  • “Without a doubt this was the most informative class I’ve been to concerning liability. All supervisors should attend. Instructor was knowledgeable and kept our attention at all times. Excellent class.” - Sgt. M.D.
  • “Great class. Will be recommended to other FTO sergeants and prospective FTO sergeants for our agency.
    Thank you!" – Sgt. M.S.
  • “Excellent class and instructors. I learned a great deal of information which will help me in running my FTO squad.” – Sgt. W.L.
  • “I really enjoyed this class. I feel much more confident going back to my agency to lead this program. This is a result of the teaching skills of both Candice and Fred. Thank you both.” – Sgt. R.G.
  • "Instructors very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about FTO program and teaching the details of managing one. Wish I would have attended years ago!!" – Tpr. J.K.
  • “This course exceeded my expectations. I would really love the opportunity to bring this course to my agency and have every rank involved in FTO attend this course.” – Sgt. P.O.



Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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