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16.100 - Patrol Training and Publications

Effective Date: 8/4/2003

I. Field Training Program

A. Probationary/Student Officer

1. Officers are considered student probationary officers until the completion of the three-phase training program.

B. Police Academy (Phase I)

1. The Police Academy is the initial basic training program for probationary officers.

C. Field Training (Phase II)

1. Phase two of the three-phase training program is the F.T.O. program, which is approximately fourteen weeks long

2. The student officer is allowed to demonstrate the skills and knowledge learned at the Police Academy (or from previous police experience).

3. The Field Training Officer (FTO) is the trainer for the student officer during this phase.

4. The Field Training Program administration staff controls all student officers concerning:

a. Assignments

b. Record keeping

D. Probation (Phase III)

1. The student officer is allowed to work independently under the supervision of a Patrol Sergeant.

2. The Sector Sergeant has primary control and responsibility over assigned probationary officers.

a. These responsibilities include

(1) Training

(2) Evaluation

E. Field Training Coordinator

1. The Field Training Coordinator (FTC)

a. Recommends personnel for Field Training Officer assignment.

b. Standardizes training given to phase II student officers

II. In-Service Training

A. Standard Training

1. The teaching of skills and knowledge to new and inexperienced officers is the responsibility of all officers.

2. Sergeants and Commanding Officers will train subordinates in the performance of assigned tasks.

3. Classes are provided to update and evaluate prior training.

B. Specialized Training

1. The Patrol Operations Bureau will provide specialized training where a need has developed.

C. Outside Training

1. All officers are encouraged to further their education.

a. Officers should be provided, each year, thirty hours of elective training, if possible.

2. Sergeants will, whenever practical, arrange duty schedules and assignments to assist officers who wish to participate in continuing education programs.

III. Training Publications

A. Responsibilities

1. Everyone must collect and maintain all distributed department publications.

2. Sergeants will ensure their subordinates have access to all department publications.

3. All officers will be familiar with the SPD Manual, Directives, and Notices.


Adrian Diaz, Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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