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Field Training Officer (FTO) for the 21st Century


DATE/TIME/LOCATION: see below         ***SPACE IS LIMITED***

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Serving as a field trainer is one of the most important roles an officer may have in an agency. This course explores a variety of issues designed to help field training officers manage their probationary employees. Topics include the six functions of the field training officer; recruit remediation; documentation of recruit performance; counseling and motivation; critical training issues—cultural diversity, use of force, sexual harassment and its effects on field training; interpersonal communication. In order to successfully complete the course, the student is required to attend all scheduled instruction and to obtain a passing grade on the final examination. This course is designed for all certified law enforcement officers.

INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Jamie Michaels and James Michael Lett
Jamie Michaels is a Lieutenant with the Sherwood Police Department with nine years of experience. She is currently assigned to oversee the Professional Standards Office, which is responsible for training, overseeing the FTO program, applicant background checks, Internal Affairs, and media relations/PIO. Lieutenant Michaels holds and Associate Degree from Arkansas State University at Beebe and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Sociology. In her tenure at the Sherwood Police Department, she has been assigned to the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and SWAT team.  She holds certifications as a Drug Recognition Expert, Field Training Officer, Law Enforcement Instructor, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing/TOPS Instructor. She has served as a FTO and FTO Coordinator.  She currently serves as the training supervisor and oversees the Field Training Officer Program as the training supervisor.

James Michael Lett began his career in Law Enforcement in 1998 as a military Police Officer in the United States Air Force. After leaving the Air Force he joined the Salt Lake City Police Department where he worked downtown patrol for five years before moving to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995.  After working for the Maumelle Department of Public Safety for one year, he was hired as a deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department. Lett held the position of Major Crimes Investigator for the southern half of Pulaski County from 2000 through 2005 when he was promoted to sergeant. Lett now supervises the midnight patrol deputies for the southern half of Pulaski County. Certificated through the Criminal Justice Institute's (CJI) Crime Scene Technician and Advanced Crime Scene Technician Certificate Programs, Lett also teaches Crime Scene Sketching Using Crime Zone at CJI and assists in teaching the Bloodstain Pattern Documentation class as well as the Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis classes.

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Law enforcement officers and supervisors with three or more years of law enforcement experience - specifically those who are or wish to become Field Training Officers.


PAYMENT OPTIONS: Check, Purchase Order or Credit Card.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Kimberly Hendricks: at 501-570-8041.
Toll free: 1-800-635-6310.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Registrants must fax a signed and dated verification letter on agency letterhead within five days of submission of the registration request form to 501-565-3081 which includes the following statement:  This letter will verify that I, (name of registrant), am an employee of (agency name) and hold the position of (sworn/non-sworn) (position title), located at (address) and have registered for (name of class) on (date).

This class is 40 hours.


May 6-10, 2019
Baxter County Sheriff's Office
Mountain Home, AR                

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