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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. Both volumes are PDF files with bookmark panels for easy navigation.

Please Note:

All POST participating agencies employing peace officers MUST submit the POST-Approved Field Training Application (2-229) (pdf) along with all support documentation (Patrol Training Program Package) and Field Training Program Approval Checklist (2-230) (pdf). See Volume 1, Part 3, for application process details.

An agency manual must be resubmitted to POST for approval when modified and/or legislative/POST mandates are added. The updates must be approved prior to 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)
A-2 Daily Observation Report (DOR) and Narrative Evaluation
(Numeric and NICS Rating Scales)
A-3 Supervisor's Weekly Report (SWR)
A-4 End of Phase Report (EPR)
A-5 Daily Training Notes
A-6 Weekly Training Progress Report (TPR)
A-7 Phase Evaluation Report
A-8 Remedial Training (RT) Assignment Worksheet
A-9 FTP Completion Record / Competency Attestation
A-10 Field Training Officer Critique Form
A-11 Field Training Program Critique Form

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:

As you revise each of the competency requirements listed below for your specific training guide, you have the opportunity to cite the applicable section(s) of your agency policy/procedure, bulletin, or other reference that relates to each subtopic or task. The entry SHOULD include the reference title, number, and policy heading (i.e. Policy 300 - Use of Force).

Sections 1–18

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

1 - Agency Orientation / Department Policies (doc)

2 - Officer Safety Procedures (doc)

3 - Ethics (doc)

4 - Use of Force (doc)

5 - Patrol Vehicle Operations (doc)

6 - Community Relations / Professional Demeanor (doc)

7 - Radio Communication Systems (doc)

8 - Leadership (doc)

9 - California Codes and Laws (doc)

10 - Search and Seizure (doc)

11 - Report Writing (doc)

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

13 - Patrol Procedures (doc)

14 - Investigations / Evidence (doc)

15 - Tactical Communication / Conflict Resolution (doc)

16 - Traffic (doc)

17 - Self-Initiated Activities (doc)

18 - Agency-Specific Activities (doc)

Please Note:

All submitted manuals MUST include agency-specific information such as agency policies, procedures, briefing bulletins, etc.

The first use of a reference must include the title, number and policy. Subsequent use of the reference need only include the title and number.