Utah Department of Public Safety

POST - Field Training Officer (FTO)

Course Covers:

How to select an FTO, Responsibilities of the FTO, Including Leadership Roles...

“Leadership is the lifting of man's visions to higher sights, the raising of a man's performance to a higher standard, the building of man's personality beyond its normal limitations-“ Peter F. Drucker

Errors of the FTO, Acceptance Into the Profession, First Day w/Recruit

Supervisory Role in FTO Process:

Supervisor involvement, whether at the sergeant, lieutenant, or captain level, is an important aspect to the FTO program. Direct involvement can be accomplished in a variety of ways. It is vital to the success of any proper FTO program that the involvement extends up the chain of command. The chief law enforcement officer of any department in the State of Utah must be aware of the actions of their FTO program on a regular basis


There are inherent liabilities with any training program. The purpose of this program is to reduce the liabilities associated with the training.

Basic liabilities can be the following:

- Negligent retention
- Negligent hiring
- Failure to adequately train
- Failure to document training errors
- Failure to document improvements
- Negligent assignment


One of the greatest improvements to the basic training curriculum at POST has been the implementation of the Scenario Based Training. It has been shown that force-on-force training, coupled with realistic scenarios, readies the recruit for the streets more than ever before.

Training also includes:



1. What are the problems?
2. Have we identified the cause of the issue?
3. What have we done to correct them?
4. How much training and remediation has been done on the problem area and has it been well documented?
5. Were there any improvements and is there a chance the recruit will improve with time and extra training?

A written and skills based test will be administered where the officer needs to achieve 70% or greater to pass.

This course is limited to 35 students.

To RSVP for Field Training Officer, candidates should have Agency Administrator or Training Coordinator register them for the course through the POST Portal at www.post.utah.gov or contact Sheryl Allums at POST at sallums@utah.gov.

Student Notes:

  • Please bring a "jump" or external drive to class to copy course materials and forms.
  • A laptop computer is recommended for this class.
  • Dress code for attending POST classes is a neat, clean, and professional appearance.  Slacks, shirts with collars, and/or department uniform can be worn.  No shorts, cut-offs, open toe shoes, sweats, tank tops, or t-shirts are permitted.



Course Dates Location TIme Status
February 19-21, 2014 Hosted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office located at 620 South 5300 West, Hurricane, Utah. For directions call 435-656-6500. 0800 Completed
April 23-25, 2014 Hosted by the Weber State Police Academy.  Training will be located at 775 S. University Park Boulevard, Clearfield, Utah. (Exit 334 off I15) 0800 Closed/FULL
June 11-13, 2014 Hosted by the West Jordan Police Department. Training located at the West Jordan Police training room located at 8040 South Redwood Road. 0800 Open
September 24-26, 2014 Training will be held at POST, located at 9800 South 410 West Sandy, Utah. 0800 Closed/FULL
October 14-16, 2014 Training will be hosted by the Bountiful Police Department located at 805 South Main Bountiful, Utah. 0800 Open


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