Option 2: Police Training Program (PTP)

The POST Police Training Program (PTP) model is a program that focuses on Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and 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 PTP Guide includes two volumes which can be viewed on screen or downloaded.
 
All POST participating agencies employing peace officers MUST submit the POST-Approved Field Training Application (POST 2-229) (pdf) along with all support documentation (Patrol Training Program Package) and Field Training Program Approval Checklist (POST 2-230) (pdf).

Police 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.

Chapters 1–4

  1. Police Training Program (PTP) Philosophy
  2. The Learning Process
  3. Mid-Term Evaluation and Matrix Performance Outcomes
  4. Final Evaluation and Matrix Performance Outcomes

Appendices: A thru O

A. PBL Exercise Guideline – SAMPLE FORM
PBLE Scenarios:
A.1    PBLE #1: Vehicle Stop
         (Phase A: Non-Emergency Incident Response)
A.2    PBLE #2: Disorderly at Bar Radio Call
         (Phase B: Emergency Incident Response)
A.3    PBLE #3: Disorderly Youths in the Park
         (Phase C: Patrol Activities)
A.4    PBLE #4: Domestic Dispute
         (Phase D: Criminal Investigation)
 B. Patrol Training Program Timeline
 C. PBLE Completion Form – SAMPLE FORM
 D. Rubric Assessment for Neighborhood Portfolio Exercise (NPE)
 E. Prescriptive Training Report (for Trainee Smith) – EXAMPLE
 F. PTP Trainee Evaluation Report (Mid-Term / Final)
 G. Learning Activity Packages (LAPs) – EXAMPLES
 H. POST’s Minimum Content Areas for Training Manuals
 I. PTP Completion Record / Competency Attestation
 J. PTO Mid-Term Performance Outcome Goals: Phases A and B
 K. PTP Final Performance Outcome Goals: Phases C and D
 L. PTP Field Training Program Application and Training Program Approval
Checklist
(POST Forms 2-229 and 2-230)
 M. PTP:  Police Training Officer Critique Form – SAMPLE FORM
 N. PTP:  Program Critique Form – SAMPLE FORM
 O. PTP Agency Orientation / Department Policies ) – EXAMPLE

Volume 2:  Training Workbook - All Phases (pdf)

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

Overview

Trainee Journaling

PTO Training Progress Notes

Phase A:  Non-Emergency Incident Response (Weeks 2-4)

  • Components
  • Training Phase Focus Activities
  • Problem-Based Learning Exercises
  • Performance Outcomes by Core Competency

Phase B:  Emergency Incident Response (Weeks 5-7)

  • Components
  • Training Phase Focus Activities
  • Problem-Based Learning Exercises
  • Performance Outcomes by Core Competency

Phase C:  Patrol Activities (Weeks 9-11)

  • Components
  • Training Phase Focus Activities
  • Problem-Based Learning Exercises
  • Performance Outcomes by Core Competency

Phase D:  Criminal Investigation (Weeks 12-14)

  • Components
  • Training Phase Focus Activities
  • Problem-Based Learning Exercises
  • Performance Outcomes by Core Competency