Field Training Officer Update Instruction

Field Training Officer Update Instruction

05-29-19 8:00 AM - 05-30-19 4:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614
5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614


Michael J. Oyer, Director
Illinois Central College-Peoria 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 Update Instruction

Instructor: Bruce Sokolove, Field Training Associate, Ypsilanti, Michigan

September 24-27, 2019
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: September 10, 2019
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 32
Course Objective

This two-day course is specifically designed for experienced/trained/certified Field Training Officers. This in-service training will 1) provide update to the revised Daily Observation Report and the newly revised Standard Evaluation Guidelines and 2) provide transitional instruction on Breaking Routine™ from traditional numerically anchored Probationary law enforcement performance assessment to a behaviorally anchored process, which emphasizes training and coaching for outstanding job performance.

Course Content

This update instruction emphasizes the FTO’s responsibilities to:

❶ Examine and objectively document probationer job behaviors and actions utilizing totally revised standardized assessment guidelines, and

❷ Analyze the probationer’s training and performance needs and utilize the most appropriate instructional techniques for corrective action.

The instruction presentation will focus upon discussion as well as hands-on application of the course materials in small group and individual student exercises. Course content will include:

  • ➟ Performance assessment components utilizing a non-numerical evaluation scale.
  • ➟ Utilization of the revised Standardized Evaluation Guidelines.
  • ➟Legally/objectively documenting probationer performance.
  • ➟ Utilizing a variety of on-the-job instructional/coaching techniques.
  • ➟ Documenting the extent of training and coaching when Corrective Action is Necessary™
  • ➟ Objectively determining when the Probationer is Not Responding to Training
  • ➟ Executing the revised Self-Initiated Field Activity protocols with the Daily Patrol Plan.

➤ Special attention: Students should be familiar with their Department’s Field Training and Evaluation

Instructor Biography

Bruce Sokolove earned a Bachelor of Arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a Master of Science in Police Administration/Public Safety from Michigan State University in 1970. He is a former Police Officer and Patrol Commander. Bruce served the uniform in North Adams, Massachusetts and Ann Arbor, Michigan and served as Executive Officer and Undersheriff for the Washtenaw County (MI) Sheriff’s Department. He is the former Director of the Southern Michigan Law Enforcement Training Center, a regional state police academy providing basic and in-service instruction/certification for Michigan law enforcement candidates.

Bruce currently serves as a member of the State of Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards Curriculum Advisory Task Force. He has been published in The Police Chief Magazine (International Association of Chiefs of Police) and Law and Order Magazine and is a frequent speaker at law enforcement conferences, including the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Association of Law Enforcement Training Officers, and the National Association of Field Training Officers.

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: TBA