Option 1: Field Training Program (FTP)

The POST Field Training Program (FTP) model provides comprehensive guidelines and structured learning content to facilitate newly-assigned peace officers transitioning from an academic setting to field training where they gain hands-on experience forming the foundation of their career.

The FTP Guide includes two volumes which can be viewed on screen or downloaded.

Please Note:

All POST participating agencies employing peace officers are required to submit the POST Approved Field Training Application (2-229) (pdf) as part of their FTP Manual submission.  See Volume 1, Part 3 (Field Training Program Package) for application process details.

An agency FTP Manual must be resubmitted to POST for approval when modified and/or legislative/POST mandates are added. All updates must be approved by POST prior to agency implementation.

Field Training Program Guide

Volume 1: Overview and Appendices (pdf)

Below are the topics contained in Volume 1. See the Contents page or use the bookmark panel to view specific topics.

Parts 1–4

  1. Program Orientation
  2. Evaluation, Documentation, and Remediation
  3. Field Training Program Package (Application Process)
  4. POST Field Training Program

Appendices (pdf)

A-1 Standardized Evaluation Guidelines (SEGs) (pdf)
A-2 Daily Observation Report (DOR) and Narrative Evaluation  (pdf)
(Numeric and NICS Rating Scales) (pdf)
A-3 Supervisor's Weekly Report (SWR) (pdf)
A-4 End of Phase Report (EPR) (pdf)
A-5 Daily Training Notes (pdf)
A-6 Weekly Training Progress Report (TPR) (pdf)
A-7 Phase Evaluation Report (pdf)
A-8 Remedial Training (RT) Assignment Worksheet (pdf)
A-9 FTP Completion Record / Competency Attestation (pdf)
A-10 Field Training Officer Critique Form (pdf)
A-11 Field Training Program Critique Form (pdf)

Daily Observation Report / Narrative Evaluation

Glossary (pdf)

Volume 2: Part 5 – POST Field Training Model

Below are the topics contained in Volume 2. See the Contents page or use the bookmark panel to view specific subtopics.

Please Note:

It is required that an agency include the reference title and policy heading for each of the 18 competency sections in their training manuals.  As updates are made, agencies shall cite the applicable section(s) of their agency policy/procedure, bulletin, or other reference that relates to each subtopic or task (e.g. River City PD - Use of Force).

Sections 1–18

Instructions: How to complete sections 1-18 (doc)

1 - Agency Orientation / Department Policies (docx)

2 - Officer Safety Procedures (docx)

3 - Ethics (docx)

4 - Use of Force (docx)

5 - Patrol Vehicle Operations (docx)

6 - Community Relations / Professional Demeanor (docx)

7 - Radio Communication Systems (docx)

8 - Leadership (docx)

9 - California Codes and Laws (docx)

10 - Search and Seizure (docx)

11 - Report Writing (docx)

12 - Control of Persons/Prisoners/Mentally Ill (docx)

13 - Patrol Procedures (docx)

14 - Investigations / Evidence (docx)

15 - Tactical Communication / Conflict Resolution (docx)

16 - Traffic (docx)

17 - Self-Initiated Activities (docx)

18 - Agency-Specific Activities (docx)