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Mon, Feb 14


Hosted by Littleton Police

Free 5 day FTO Class "MA Municipal Departments Only"

Hosted by the MPTC. Class will fill up quick. Officers will be required to sign up through the MPTC ACADIS portal. For more information contact Lisa Ann Reich at

Registration is closed but you can email us to be put on waiting list.
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Free 5 day FTO Class "MA Municipal Departments Only"
Free 5 day FTO Class "MA Municipal Departments Only"

Time & Location

Feb 14, 2022, 8:30 AM – Feb 18, 2022, 4:00 PM

Hosted by Littleton Police, 500 Great Rd, Littleton, MA 01460, USA

About the event

This 5 Day Field Training Officer Class is based on the original San Jose FTO Program. It is CALEA and MPAC Accreditation compliant.

The class is designed for Veteran Officers to teach them how to develop their leadership skills necessary to effectively train and properly evaluate today's new recruit officers in preparation for their solo patrol duty.

     · Officers will learn ways to tailor their department’s program to fit their department’s own needs.

     · Officers will learn about different "Adult Learning" styles and how to apply them to this generation.

     · Officers will practice completing Daily Observation Report (DOR) forms and learn how to consistently evaluate and grade

       their trainee's performance using "tips and tricks" as well as their Standardized Evaluation Guidelines (SEGs).

     · Officers will understand and learn how to manage potential liability issues in training new officers.

     · Officers will leave with extensive knowledge and a comprehensive Field Training Officer Manual to guide them through

       the FTO Program and training new recruit officers.

Officers who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. Officers must complete all 5 days of training.


Lt. Joseph Thibodeau is currently in his 32nd year of Law Enforcement. Joe is a level IV FTO Coordinator/lead Instructor and a Level IV Report Writing Instructor/Coordinator for the MA Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). He has been instructing at numerous police academies and privately since 2000 and trained thousands of reserve officers, recruit officers, veteran officers and supervisors in numerous disciplines to include FTO, Report Writing, Suicide Prevention, Arrest and Processing and Communication. He is considered a subject matter expert in FTO and Report Writing.

Capt. John Newton (Ret.) is a 32-year veteran of Massachusetts municipal policing. John is a Level IV Instructor Development trainer, serving on the MA Statewide Instructor Development Steering Committee since 2010. He is also a Level IV FTO instructor having taught in this topic area for the MPTC since 2003. Newton has been an adjunct trainer and curriculum developer for the MPTC in myriad subject areas since 1987. After retiring, Newton spent 4 years as a full-time Associate Professor of Criminal Justice with Odessa College in West Texas and continues to instruct online courses for them. Newton maintains a certification through the IADLEST as a Nationally Certified Instructor.

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