Field Training Program

WHAT IS A F.T.O PROGRAM ?

A SYSTEMATICALLY-ORGANIZED AND
CONSISTENTLY-ADMINISTRATED PERIOD OF FORMAL
FIELD TRAINING AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
WITH THE EXPRESSED GOAL OF PRODUCING A
PATROL OFFICER CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SOLO
DUTIES IN A SAFE, COURTEOUS, EFFICIENT, AND
EFFECTIVE MANNER.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The Wood County Sheriff's Department has implemented a program that requires all newly hired deputies to satisfactory complete a 13 week field training program. The department selected and trained 4 deputies to serve as training officers, and assigned one sergeant to oversee the program.

The first week of training is a basic orientation week to the functions of the department.

The following twelve weeks the new deputy will be assigned to each Field Training Officer for 3 weeks. During each week the new deputy will follow a training guide set forth by the department. This training guide will cover all policies and procedures of the department, along with learning how to handle most situation a new job will encounter. They will be tested at the end of each week to ensure materials covered were learned. Each day the new deputy will be evaluated and critiqued by their training officer. There is 28 areas that they can be evaluated on. The new deputy can be scored on a scale of 1 through 7. They must maintain a average score of "4" throughout the training program to satisfactory complete the training. If they do not maintain this average, their training can be extended for a specified period of time. If problems still persist, and this average cannot be maintained the new deputy's employment may be terminated.

Upon successful completion of 13 weeks, the new deputy now moves on to solo patrol. By this time this deputy should be up to speed and ready to serve the citizens of Wood County.

This new deputy is still evaluated on a monthly basis by the training sergeant until their probationary period is over. The probationary period for the Wood County Sheriff Department is ONE YEAR.

ANNUAL RESERVE TRAINING

EACH YEAR THE WOOD COUNTY RESERVES RECEIVE 24 HOURS OF IN SERVICE TRAINING PUT ON BY THE FIELD TRAINING OFFICERS.  THIS MEETS THE YEARLY REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH BY THE TRAINING AND STANDARDS BUREAU.  THE RESERVES ALSO RECEIVE TRAINING IN RANGE AND CPR IN ADDITION TO THE 24 HOURS.