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Seminar Title:  
Field Training Officer - Leadership

DATES:  11/4/2019 through 11/6/2019

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Steven Kellams

LOCATION:  Public Agency Training Council Training Center - 5235 Decatur Blvd, Indianapolis, IN  46241

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn - Indianapolis, IN  317-856-6200
$95 Double or Single
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Steven Kellams is a Captain and field training expert for the Bloomington Police Department. Captain Kellams attended Indiana University from 1987 to 1991. In 1989 he graduated from the Indiana University Police Academy. In 1991 he was hired by the Bloomington Police Department and was assigned to night shift. During that time he has been a breath-test operator, bike patrol officer, field training officer, senior field training officer, and field training manager. He has also served the department as Civil Disturbance Unit Commander and Special Investigations Unit Commander. He is currently assigned as the Detective Division Commander.

In 2000 Captain Kellams was instrumental in redesigning the field training program for the Bloomington Police Department and has taught that program to hundreds of departments throughout Indiana and the United States. He has also instructed on field training issues at the national level when he presented courses at the 2002, 2009, 2010, and 2011 National Association of Field Training Officers conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; Denver, Colorado; and Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2000 Captain Kellams was elected state director for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Field Training Officers. In 2005 he was elected to the Executive Board of the National Association of Field Training Officers and in 2008 he was the National President of NAFTO.

In 2005 Captain Kellams was named Monroe County Officer of the Year for his work with the Bloomington Police Departments Field Training Program. Captain Kellams is a certified Indiana Law Enforcement Academy training instructor and teaches courses in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, domestic violence, officer safety, firearms, civil disturbance, and field training.


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Course Objectives

Course Objectives:

The Field Training Officer Program is a nationally recognized system of training that has been adopted by many departments across the country. Order maintenance can no longer be the only function of policing.  A variety of community policing skills, and preparing for homeland security has to be included in today’s training.  

Without question, the Field Training Officer is the key component to retaining competent and committed officers.  Too often, the Field Training Officer’s value is overlooked in the police organization.   Because of their enormous responsibility, senior leadership must begin to take the Field Training Officer program serious.  It is critical that we put more time in developing our Field Training Officers.   Why, because they are responsible for shaping our future leaders. It is Mike’s hope to share some innovative ideas to help bring value back to the most important role in policing, the Field Training Officer.

Mission and Vision Statement:  The mission and vision statement is the blueprint for the organization.  During this period, we will discuss the importance of knowing your mission and vision statements.  It is imperative that each Field Training Officer understands the importance of their existence in the organization.

Organizational Structure:  It is critical that each Field Training Officer understands their value to the future success of the organization.  It starts with have a keen understanding of the role and job function of the FTO.

Dynamics of Leadership: During the time allotted, we will discuss points to emphasize the Role of Leadership, and innovative theories of understanding people.  Because business and people are always evolving, we will focus on the need to improve in the area of emotional intelligence, in addition to Leadership ethics. .  

Dealing with Problem Behavior:  Regardless of how much pre-screening, there will be a recruit who has not grasped the learning curve.  During this session will uncover some innovative strategies concerning adult learning.  In addition, we will discuss how different generations bring different ideas and work ethic to the workplace.

Burnout: Training too many recruits in a calendar year can be stressful. During this period, we will reveal strategies to prevent burnout.  

Risk Management: The Field Training Officer program traditionally exist largely for the purpose of limiting an agency’s liability due to poor training or lack of training.  Training must be effective in order to be successful.  During this period, we will discuss the cost of not training in addition to negligent retention.  To help prepare for the future, we will discuss relevant case law to reduce our liability risk. 

Performance Evaluations: During this time period, we will discuss the importance of documenting, performance objectives. 

Field Training Operations: During this period, we will discus the need to infuse community policing problem-solving skills into training.  In addition, we will tackle current issues in police operations, to help new recruits in responding to calls for service. 

Field Training Scenarios: Each FTO must prepare their recruit with potential situations to gauge a response.  During this session, we will discuss different scenario to help improve decision-making. 

Homeland Security/Incident Command: Preparing for challeng-  ing times we must incorporate homeland security.  With the unsettling world we live in, local law enforcement must prepare for the possibility of a terrorist attack.  During this period, we will discuss the officer’s role and the importance of incident command. 

Moot Court: During this time period, we will discuss the import- ance of preparing to testify in court.  Too often, many recruits are left to testify without their Field Training Officer. 

Final Check Ride:  During this time period, we will discus activities to help prepare the trainee for regular duty assignment.

Upon Completion:

At the end of this training session, the participant will have a working knowledge of how to:
  • Deal with the problem behavior
  • Turn learning goals into actual work situations
  • Explain the FTO’s role in policing
  • Become a better decision maker
In addition, the participant will become familiarized with:
  • Dynamics of Leadership
  • Answering calls while training a recruit
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Risk Management 

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