The Field Training Program is an integral part of the total selection process of a police officer. After graduation from the Department of Criminal Justice Training academy, recruits must successfully complete the field training program. The program is designed to produce officers who can work by themselves in a safe, skillful, and professional manner.
The field training program lasts for 14 weeks. The recruit must ride with several different field training officers (FTO). The FTO evaluates the recruit’s performance based on approved criteria. Once the recruit officer successfully completes the field training program, he/she is certified to ride “solo”.