We prepare Field Training Officers to Teach, Evaluate and Document.
What’s different about this FTO course? Everything.

We prepare Field Training Officers to Teach, Evaluate and Document.
What’s different about this FTO course? Everything.

Field Training Officer Course (40 hours)

California POST Certified – Plan IV | Certification Number:1345-31725

We show FTOs how to teach, evaluate and document.
They leave our course with the confidence to know they are doing it right

Here are 7 reasons that our students say FTOs need to take this course:

  • Spend five days teaching, evaluating and documenting instead of listening to a dry lecture
  • Leave the course confident you’re doing it right
  • Expert instructors show you modern teaching techniques
  • Get lots of practice evaluating and teaching trainee role players, not watching outdated videos
  • Lots of examples of evaluation reports and plenty of practice writing them
  • Learn specifically how to apply the number scale to rate trainees
  • The course is dynamic and fun. No “Death by Power Point”

Most agencies struggle with hiring and retaining quality recruits. Having well trained FTOs can make the difference between recruits successfully passing the Field Training Program or not.

Most agencies talk about the FTO being one of the most important positions in the department, but then don’t put much thought into the specifics of the training course they attend. They simply find an FTO course that has an opening for their FTO to attend and wait for them to come back with a certification. Unfortunately, some of the FTOs we polled didn’t feel adequately prepared by the certification course they attended. Consider what happens when an unprepared FTO is paired up with a struggling trainee?

You invest a lot of time and money into hiring a recruit, and your FTOs are responsible for getting those recruits through the Field Training Program. Their ability to teach, evaluate and document can make all the difference, especially when it comes to remediated a struggling recruit. Your FTOs are preparing your new officers to be the future of your department so FTOs need the proper training to do so.

What’s different about our FTO Course? Everything. This is a modern course being presented by expert level instructors. Each day, the students teach, evaluate and document so by the time they leave the course they are confident they’re doing it right. Come see why every one of our course presentations have received 100% positive reviews.

We asked experienced FTOs and program supervisors what they would like to see in a modern FTO Course and here’s what they said:

  1. Give specific examples of how to use the Standardized Evaluation Guideline Number Rating Scale and how to write Daily Observation Reports and Remedial Training Plans
  2. Use live trainee role players to make it realistic (no outdated videos and handouts)
  3. Have expert instructors show the FTOs how to use specific teaching strategies
  4. Do away with the old “Death by PowerPoint”-type presentations
  5. Specific info about liability laws and what they can and can’t write in evaluations

Our course solves every issue the seasoned FTOs identified. We know how important hiring and retaining new officers is to your agency so we designed a course that ensures FTOs are ready to move that trainee successfully through the Field Training Program. For those trainees who must be let go, our course teaches FTOs how to thoroughly document the matter and avoid liability for the agency.

What are students are saying about the FTO Course:

"I heard that other FTO courses were boring, outdated and were mostly “Death by Power Point” so I wasn’t interested in attending. After attending the Savage Training Group FTO course I felt more informed, more educated and better equipped because this course was informative and utilized interactive teaching styles. This course was unlike any course I have attended or even heard of. My favorite part of the course was the legal and liability aspects as it related to supervising. To anybody who is on the fence about attending I would tell them go!”

— Deputy Geoff Hoffman, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office (CA)

"Having to evaluate and write Daily Observation Report for the student led scenarios was both entertaining and realistic. I feel much more prepared to write an objective and thorough DOR. I feel bad for the other FTOs at our department who have attended a non-Savage Training Group FTO course. This was hands down the best course I have ever attended."

— Officer B.W., Santa Clara County Law Enforcement Agency (CA)

"This course should be the future of Field Training Officer courses.”

— Officer JC, Santa Clara County Law Enforcement Agency (CA)

“The higher level of teaching the instructors used was not only used to train us the students but also drove home how we can use those same techniques to train recruits. The practical application of observing and recording, preparing DORs and practicing the delivering a DORs to a recruit was priceless.”

— Officer JG, Santa Clara County Police Agency (CA)

“I was anxious about the public speaking portion of teaching but you guys made the classroom a comfortable place to learn. If anyone is on the fence about attending, I would say don’t be as long as you attend the Savage Training Group version of the FTO course. It was a cutting-edge presentation of the material.”

— Deputy B., Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department (CA)

“You will be doing your future trainee, the training program, your department and yourself a complete disservice if you pass up this class. All of your questions will be answered and if not, the instructors will work tirelessly to find you the answer.”

— Officer S. Clayton, Tracy PD (CA)

Your Instructors

Savage Training Group | Field Training Officer Instructors Domenic Gamboa, Steve "Pappy" Papenfuhs and Scott Savage

Dominic Gamboa
Steve “Pappy” Papenfuhs
Scott Savage

A message for Training Managers and FTO Supervisors:

“Teaching law enforcement officers is our passion which is why we dedicated our careers to training cops. The reason we got together to take on the challenge of creating the best FTO course is because we know just how important it is. We have poured all our law enforcement and teaching experience into this course and we can confidently say there is simply nothing else like it out there. We guarantee your FTOs are going to leave our course fully prepared and confident.”

A message for FTOs:

“This course is about you the student and making sure you leave with the confidence to know you are doing it right. We can’t wait for you to experience this course and you becoming a rockstar FTO!”

Your guides,
— Dom, Steve, and Scott

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