2021 Re-Certification for FTO’s will be announced soon and this year will probably be on-line, where you can view at your convenience. Stand by for those postings, and remember, you will have until 12/31/2021 to complete that training.
Congratulations to the recent graduates of the Vermont Police Academy’s Field Training Officer program in February! Please ensure that if you have any questions that you contact me at Kenneth.Hawkins@Vermont.gov and I’ll be happy to help.
A reminder to anyone who has recently graduated or plans to attend an Out of State FTO School. Upon your return, your agency should contact me to arrange a time to meet regarding the Vermont specific documents and rules around both Level II training, Out of State Waivers and the auditing process for those packets. This training will provide you with your Vermont Field Training Officer certification and introduce you to the re-certification process.
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.