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Seminar Title:  
Supervising and Managing the FTO Unit

DATES:  4/3/2023 through 4/5/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Michael Heisinger

LOCATION:  Ascension Parish Sheriff's Dept Training Center - 9094 St Landry Road, Gonzales, LA  70737

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gonzales - Gonzales, LA  225 743 8000
Contact hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $425.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

My name is Michael Heisinger, I started my career in Law Enforcement with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana.  I worked with the department for 15 years holding the positions of Deputy, Narcotics Detective, Motorcycle Officer, FTO and SWAT. During my time with this department, I was able to enjoy teaching the reserve program academy as well as instructing several different disciplines within the SWAT program. At 15 years, I retired from the department and gained employment with the University of Indianapolis Police Department where I was a Detective, SWAT Team Leader and FTO Coordinator. While with the University I assisted in the Cadet Academy as an Adjunct Professor with the Criminal Justice Department instructing the CJ students in Law Enforcement. I then received the opportunity to come to my hometown Alamogordo, NM to work at the same department my dad worked at, and where I grew. I worked at this department for two years as a patrol Officer and SWAT Team Leader before accepting the position of Chief of Police for the Village of Tularosa, NM. During my time with the Village of Tularosa I developed the FTO program due to the department not having one. I enjoyed my time as the Chief of Police with the department and have now retired completely from Law Enforcement. I have enjoyed my time in Law Enforcement and am now enjoying teaching across the country.

Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

This class is designed for the line supervisors and administrators assigned the responsibility of overseeing a field training unit. One of the key elements of success in a field training program is program management. Often programs will train the FTO, but fail to prepare the supervisor for the variety of tasks required to properly coordinate, administrate and lead the field training unit. This course will prepare the Field Training Manger (FTM) and Field Training Coordinator (FTC) for the requirements of their positions.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the San Jose Model FTO Program
  • List the Duties of the FTM and FTC
  • Describe the importance of Leadership in FT Program
  • Utilize proven training methods to correct poor performance
  •  Properly review the DOR
  • Utilize the Weekly Managers Report
  • Describe the importance of proper management and selection of the FTO
  • List legal issues regarding Field Training Programs

Each student is asked to bring a copy of their department FTO manual for reference.

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