Field Training Officer Certification (FTO)

Field Training Officer Certification (FTO)

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01-08-18 8:00 AM - 01-12-18 4:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614


Michael J. Oyer, Director
Illinois Central College-North Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:
Heather Grove:

Field Training Officer Program (FTO)

Instructor: Bruce Sokolove

January 8 – 12, 2018
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: December 21, 2017
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 32
 MTU # 7 – $50.00; Non MTU 7 – Members: $200.00
Course Objective

This FTO seminar is designed to provide experienced police officers with the knowledge and skills necessary to properly and effectively train and evaluate probationary officers in the field and to properly plan, prepare and present instructional material in goal-oriented roll-call and overlap training of both recruit and veteran police officers.

Course Content
  1. Learn to identify key elements of the FTO.
  2. Know the five principles of learning and explain the significance of each principle.
  3. Understand the role of the FTO.
  4. Learn the steps to provide guidance, monitoring and evaluation of the recruit officer.
  5. Identify the methods of instruction and explain the uses, advantages and disadvantages of each method.
  6. Identify the various forms/reports utilized in the field training and evaluation program and explain the use of each form as it applies to the training and evaluation program.
  7. Explain the function of “Standardized Evaluation Guidelines” and demonstrate proficiency in their use through exercises in a controlled training environment.
  8. Understand stress and its effects on the recruit officer.
  9. Comprehend liability of the FTO.
  10. Identify several forms of training aids.
Who Should Attend

Law enforcement training administrators and personnel officers who are responsible for training, supervising and evaluating the performance of recruits.

Instructor Biography

Bruce A. Sokolove (Coach Sok) is a principal of Field Training Associates, a law enforcement consulting firm specializing in public safety human resource administration, training issues, and employment mentoring processes. Coach Sok earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a Master of Science in Police Administration/Public Safety at Michigan State University in 1970. He is a former Police Officer and Patrol Commander. Coach Sok served as a uniformed/sworn police officer in North Adams, Massachusetts and Ann Arbor, Michigan and as Executive Officer and Undersheriff for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Coach Sok is a member of the State of Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Curriculum Advisory Task Force and serves as the President of the Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice Alumni Advisory Board.

Coach Sok has published in Police Chief as well as Law and Order magazine and has been a frequent presenter at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference and at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Course Certification Information
MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been  approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Meets mandatory guidelines set for the following:Civil Rights, Constitutional and Proper use of Law Enforcement Authority, Cultural Competency, Human Rights, Procedural Justice and Legal Updates.