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Top 10 Case Laws That All FTOs Should Know, Part 2

Jun 19, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

[Publisher’s Note: The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.] Last time we delved into the first five of the ten cases we believe every FTO should know and be able to relate to their own investigations and contacts, and now here’s the second half. Reme... Full Article »

Top 10 Case Laws All FTOs Should Know

May 31, 2017 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

[Publisher’s Note: The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.] We're always surprised when we hear a fellow officer, especially a field training officer, unable to describe the details of Graham v. Connor. It has such significance that anyone in law enforcem... Full Article »

FTOs at the Crossroads

Oct 19, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

Times are tough. That may very well be an understatement. Law enforcement culture nationwide is under attack from multiple angles. Media, social media and #hashtag activists have all rendered their opinions. Recently, a highly-paid professional football player has “demanded” that each and every Attorney General in all 50 states investigate police training, tactics, and lesson plans. Just two weeks ago I was sitting in my patrol car at a red l... Full Article »

Field Training in the 21st Century, Part III

May 26, 2016 in Education & Patrol & Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

This is our final installment of a three-part series on the 21st Century Field Training Officer. (For the other parts, click here and here.) In March of 2016, the National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO) had the opportunity to present this information in classroom form to an audience of some of America’s best Law Enforcement instructors at the annual ILEETA conference in Chicago, Ill. The class was well-received and we feel that ... Full Article »

Field Training in the 21st Century, Part II

Apr 27, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

Welcome to the second installment of our series on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and its impact on the field training unit. One aspect of NAFTO training, philosophy and mindset that I have always been very proud of is the fact that we are not chained to history. We believe that we can take our training and experience and move forward with time as law enforcement practices evolve. They say that cops hate two things. Change... Full Article »

Field Training in the 21st Century, Part 1

Mar 03, 2016 in Leadership
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

As Board Members for the National Association of Field Training Officers, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the impact and affects that the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing has had on field training programs nationwide. We field questions on a regular basis from departments asking for guidance or training in an effort to comply with the task force’s final report. This series of articles is meant to hopefully clarify some matt... Full Article »

The FTO’s Role: “I’ve Got You on Camera!”

Nov 30, 2015 in Patrol & Training & Video
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

We’ve all seen the look. Officers are trying to control a suspect to place him under arrest.  A family member, friend, or bystander has their phone on and inches ever closer to the scuffle, while yelling “I’m recording this!” The officer looks up, his eyes meet the lens, and there’s that look. For a split second you can see the officer processing the ramifications of this incident after it hits the social media feeds. The officer is ca... Full Article »

FTOs & Compartmentalization

Oct 16, 2015 in Patrol & Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

Compartmentalization. Geez, that’s a long word! It’s a real tongue-twister even when typing it. I’ve looked up some synonyms and can hopefully avoid writing that word repeatedly for the rest of this article. But not only is compartmentalization hard to type, it's been difficult to explain and practice in the world of field training. Field training programs around the country are hearing this word a lot lately. Specifically in response to t... Full Article »

FTO as Mentor

Aug 03, 2015 in Patrol & Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

Year in and year out field training sergeants and coordinators conduct hundreds, if not thousands, of interviews with hopeful and eager officers testing to become their department’s next field training officer. This selection process is crucial for every agency as the appointment of a future FTO is critical. The training, culture, and future of the department rest on the trainers’ shoulders. We ask young FTOs to be expert in law and policy.... Full Article »

#Trending

May 27, 2015 in Patrol & Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

With the availability of social media and information outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and so many others that this Gen X cop can’t remember or pronounce, the idea of what is “trending” has become very popular. I even hear some of my favorite commentators on radio and television come back from commercial breaks with, “Let’s go to Joe to see what’s trending this afternoon in the world of sports.” Trendy things are thought of as fashi... Full Article »

The Three Dominos of Field Training

May 04, 2015 in Leadership & Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

Over the years we’ve told FTOs that have worked with us that field training is a science and an art. The science is the training we provide, whereas the art is identifying the individual needs of the trainee. If for some reason the scientific approach doesn’t work, the FTO must, like an artist, get creative coming up with a new plan. FTOs across the country have worked tirelessly to develop what might be hundreds of different remedial trai... Full Article »

Believe, Encourage, Challenge, Correct

Feb 03, 2015 in Training
By: Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

Leadership speaker Scott Williams frequently characterizes his mentor and the influence he had on him early in his career with the acronym BECC: Believe, encourage, challenge and correct. His mentor believed in him at all times, encouraged him to be forward thinking, challenged him to take on more, and corrected him back on the right path when he made mistakes. Those qualities and goals are desirable in any leadership position, and I believe ... Full Article »