Field Training Program - Phase 2

The following information will act as the mandated outline for Phase 2 of the Field Training Program. The Field Training Officer (FTO) appointed to Phase 2 will use this outline to promote and teach all the policies and training corresponding to Phase 2. All the listed material should be demonstrated by the Field Training Officer to ensure all training requirements are met.

  • Radio Communication
    • The Field Training Officer (FTO) will explain, elaborate, and review the concepts and processes of radio communication with each Probationary Explorer. While training, the FTO should provide examples and demonstrations of the material pertaining to radio communication, such as:
      • 10 Codes
        • Codes that distinguish an action a deputy is performing.
        • Example: 10-6 – Busy, 10-12 – In Contact with…, 10-40 – Meal break.
      • Signals
        • Codes that distinguish a 911 call/situation.
        • xample: S12 – Traffic Violator, S9 – Lost tag, S76 – Battery, S32 – Suicide
      • Information System
        • The process of getting a 10-27, 10-28, 10-29, 10-29P.
        • Switching to the “info” system, teletype operator.
      • Phonetic Alphabet
      • Military Time
      • Emergency Traffic (10-3, 10-33)
      • BOLO (Be On the Look Out)
        • The purpose of a BOLO and how to call one in.

 

  • Proper Handling/Holding of a Firearm
    • How to hold/position the Explorer’s side arm on duty belt (left/right side)
    • Firearm safety:
      • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
      • Never point the firearm at anything you don’t wish to kill or destroy.
      • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot.
      • Be aware of your target and what’s behind it.
    • The justification and reasons in using a firearm:
      • Probable cause (suspect armed and dangerous, presents a credible, imminent threat to the safety of others)
      • Tennessee v. Garner (1985).
      • Highest/last level in the use of force continuum.
      • Officer safety.
      • Building search.

 

  • Note Taking/Interview Techniques
    • How to approach a witness/suspect
      • Introduce name/agency.
      • Purpose of the interview/10-80.
    • Information gathering/organization:
      • Witness’s/Suspect’s full name, DOB, current address, DL number, age, gender, ethnicity, career occupation, phone numbers, etc.
      • Interview Stance (firearm facing away from interviewee, firm stance, interviewee in sight of officer, etc.).
      • Obtain written statements.
      • Notepad organization.

 

  • Probationary Workbook
    • The FTO will utilize the Probationary Workbook to supplement phase material and facilitate training.