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Seminar Title:  
Field Training Officer Certification

DATES:  7/24/2023 through 7/28/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Michael Heisinger

LOCATION:  Olive Branch Police Department - 10470 Hwy 178, Olive Branch, MS  38654

HOTEL:  Best Western Plus Desoto - Olive Branch, MS  662-932-7110
$111 single/double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $595.00 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

PATC FTO Certification Course

This course is designed to provide knowledge and training to develop Field Training Officers skills. Each of you will be presented with ideas and techniques to assist you in becoming more professional and confident in the application of training another Officer. This course is based on a modified San Jose program. Upon completion the FTO will be able to:

  • Discuss the “San Jose Model” and other program models

  • Identify demands on FTOs as instructors

  • List five errors in rating

  • Understand the basics of Adult Learning Theory

  • Identify Liability Issues

  • Understands performance evaluations

  • Instruct from training briefs

  • Understand the rating scale and reference numbers

  • Complete the Daily Observation Report (DOR)

  • Develop a Scenario and additional training plans

  • Understand the purpose of program management and control


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

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