Re-Certification Deadline Change
As of 2019, currently certified FTO’s will have until December 31 of each year to complete the FTO Re-Certification. Starting this year, there will be re-certification opportunities each month both at the Academy and throughout the state for FTO’s to maintain their qualifications. That means that if you expire this year and are in need of the Re-Cert, there will be numerous opportunities to do so beginning in February of this year.
This year’s Re-Certification will consist of a 1 Hour update on current FTO processes, Level III and Level II updates on class curriculum and changes. TC Jake Hansell will provide a 3-hour brief on current Non-Lethal Use of Force that attendee’s may use as part of their individual Rule 13 requirements for the 2019 year. This will satisfy 3 of the 4 hours required for annual training. Attendees must sign in at the beginning of class to prove attendance.
Documentation for FTO’s
Below, please find links to all of the available Field Training Documentation provided by the VCJTC for your use. With each will be a brief explanation of its use in the FTO process and what documentation must be submitted for Level II Non-Provisional Certification. These are available, but not required for those agencies using the FTO or PTO program for Level III officers and may be used however the agency sees fit. Some of these are required for those agency’s requesting Level II certification and will be noted as such.
Point of Contact:
Ken Hawkins, FTO Training Coordinator Office: 802-483-2743 Vermont Police Academy, 317 Academy Road, Pittsford VT 05763 Kenneth.Hawkins@Vermont.gov
Documentation Links for the FTO’s
FTO Certification Application This form is no longer required. Your attendance at the FTO School is the only requirement.
FTO Certification Extension Request If you have missed a Re-Certification over the course of a year for whatever reason, you may apply for an extension outlining your reason for not attending and continuing support from your agency head.
FTO Certification Application - Out of State If you have attended an out of state FTO/PTO school, you may apply for Vermont FTO certification. To complete this, you will need to arrange a time to meet with the FTO TC to review Vermont specific documents, laws and VCJTC requirements.
Helpful Links for the Level II process
CEC-1 Core and Elective Courses Current required course list and requirements for Level II Non-Provisional completion. Please note that there are courses that are VCJTC required curriculum, courses that may be completed through computer based training, and others that require a minimum number of months of completion prior to the submittal date.
Use of Force and Tactics Reporting Form in Word format Required documentation should the provisional officer complete their Non-Lethal Use of Force Training with an in-house instructor. As a reminder, they will still be required to arrange a time with TC Jacob Hansell to test out.
FTEP-1 FTO Daily Observation Report (DOR) in Word format The standardized DOR, most current version.
Instructions for using the FTEP-1 DOR Please Note: This is a locked form and can only be filled in. The general text cannot be modified. If you wish to have an unlocked version, please email FTEP Coordinator Ken Hawkins with your request. Please include a reason for wanting an unlocked version with your request.)
FTEP-1 DOR Standardized Evaluation Guidelines Grading matrix for both the evaluator as well as the new officer.
FTEP-1A DOR Narration Continuation Addendum to Daily Observation Report for continued narration
FTEP-1B DOR Performance Chart in Excel format At a glance document that allows agency, FTO and new officer to see exactly what their performance level is.
FTEP-1C Remedial Training Plan Additional training plan documented with goals and objectives clearly outlined.
FTEP-1D Field Notes Easy method of recording information while on the road.
FTEP-1E Report Log in Word format Work product documentation
FTEP-1F VCVC Log Traffic/Ordinance violations listed
FTEP-2 Field Training Officer (FTO) Checklist Officer’s Standard Task Checklist. Required documentation for all basic standards. Note that this document requires FTO and Trainee to date and initial completion of each task.
This may help agencies know if they have all required material and what the VCJTC requires for that certification and is not required for the FTO or Agency to complete. This is an in house document only, but may be useful to ensure completeness.
The Academy does not require original documentation! All originals must be retained by the parent agency as part of that officers training history. The agency may send hard copy documents to the Academy, or scan and electronically send completed packets for Level II Non-Provisional Certification to Kenneth.Hawkins@Vermont.gov
Following submittal of those documents, please allow for a one week completion of the audit and approval by the Director of Training and Executive Director. As a reminder, officers who have not been approved are NOT permitted to work by themselves at any time, for any reason. They are still required to work in the presence of a full certified officer.