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  • Field Training?? How hard is it?

    I have one question, how hard is it going through the field training process, does it all depend on your FTO. What should be expected of me? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Last edited by Biz_mikee; 06-20-2007, 12:42 AM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Biz_mikee View Post
      It all depends on your department and FTO. The field is definately different from the academy. At first they expect a minimal amount of knowledge from you (know how to use the mdt, load/unload shotgun, radio phonetics, common CVC codes). Later they expect you to know how to do more.

      How can you comment on this? Your profile says you are not a cop and your other posts is asking about the LASPD and CS/UC PD's. You complete an FTO program?

      They expect alot from you from the get go. This isn't the explorer program. After 6 plus months of academy you better know more then how to unload the shotgun and some radio codes. You need to know department policies, geography, chain of command, penal codes, vehicle codes, heath and saftey codes, municipal codes, officer saftey, how to make a crime broadcast, how to set up a perimeter, etc, etc, etc. No you don't have to do these things perfect but you better have a clue. Later (like in less then 4-5 months) you are expected to run the car by yourself.
      Last edited by hbliam; 06-15-2007, 01:53 AM.

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        what hbliam said...

        It's more on what the Department wants out of their recruits. The FTO is your guide to make sure you know what the Department wants / needs and to gauge you to make sure you are qualfied to be a solo officer.

        You get your "basic" or the minimum amount of training necessary from the Academy to move to the next step. The FTO process is the quality assurance portion of the process.

        The FTO is there to help you succeed but FTO's being human and all - with different personalities and experience... should be helpful more than hurtful. Some FTO's favor traffic (stops), others traffic collision investigations, some drugs, some into field activity stops, some CBP / POP.

        If you're weak in an area, this is a great time to strengthen your "game."

        Bottomline, it's on you - the recruit to soak all the information in and reproduce it upon demand or as the situation dictates, in an acceptable manner.

        What can you do? Soak the informaiton in, listen and ask smart questions.

        How hard is it? It's as hard as the recruit makes it out to be.........
        Last edited by sgttom; 06-15-2007, 10:15 AM. Reason: add more info
        ''Life's tough......it's tougher if you're stupid.''
        -- John Wayne

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        • #5
          yeah, i agree that it is as hard as the recruit makes it, however, your FTO does play a huge part in it as well.

          only because you may not entirely agree with how your FTO sees/does things. you two just may not even like each other, yet you'll spend 10 plus hours in a car together, 4 to 5 days a week! it can make the program extremely difficult.

          but in the end is up to the individual recruit...how well you did in the academy, how quick you learn, how bad you want the job, how well you can multi-task, problem solve, know the geography, officer safety, etc...that's all you! just remeber that you're expected to make mistakes, just don't keep making the same ones.

          just out of curiousity, did you graduate an academy already?

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          • #6
            I'll be graduating in three weeks, any other comments would be be of much help. Once again thanks everyone.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by chrisari View Post
              I'll be graduating in three weeks, any other comments would be be of much help. Once again thanks everyone.
              good,expect NOTHING, do as you are told, pay ATTENTION to everything they(FTOs) tell you ,and simply "perform"( don't hesitate,overly "question",or resist) you are a sponge-there to soak it up,not give an "opinion" or decide what you will and WILL NOT do. do this and put out effort,just like in the academy- and you'll pass-plain and simple.At my Dept,the FTOS are too young( growth is too fast) and try to be "buddy-buddy" with the trainees-big "NO-no",as all it creates is overconfident and even arrogant "Newbies"-remember you are the lowest on the totem pole,so stay in your place.respect,knowledge,and experience is what will earn you your place on the job- gain that.....
              Last edited by DOAcop38; 06-19-2007, 01:51 AM.
              "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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              • #8
                I would add one thing to everyone elses comments already mentioned. Remember that once you are on the streets and going through your FTO Program, you are no longer in the safety and comfort of the academy. You will be on the "mean streets" of America.

                Right from the very first day, make sure you listen to what your FTO has to tell you for as soon as you walk out the door of the station, you are no longer a recruit, you are now a boot. As such, you are now on the street, which makes you fair game to the suspects out there. And that means you could get yourself or worse, you could get your partner, killed. It's no longer make believe like in the academy, it's the real deal.

                Good luck and be careful out there.
                Last edited by LA Copper; 06-19-2007, 11:14 PM.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for all the feedback, I truly respect everyones comments.

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