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Our program is intended to provide the optimum utilization of training resources and personnel in an environment that will facilitate an introductory level of on-the-job training to probationary officers.

The Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) structure is intended to provide optimum utilization of training resources and personnel in a dynamic environment to provide:

  • A solid foundation for a law enforcement career with the Tampa Police Department.
  • Evaluation of each participant based on established guidelines to ensure training integrity and reliability.
  • An accurate and complete record of each participant's progress based on observed performance and testing.
  • Training based on individual need.

10 Reasons for a Field Training & Evaluation Program

  • A Court approved procedure, within EEOC Guidelines, for dealing with Affirmative Action Issues is provided.
  • Increased support for management and administrative policies
  • The possibility of negligent hiring, retention, training, and supervision issues are reduced.
  • The cost of training is controlled in that non-qualified persons are not retained by the agency.
  • Standardization of training and evaluation procedure is established.
  • Individual competency is identified for promotional purposes; supervisory skills are practiced by line personnel prior to promotion.
  • Another career path is available to the line Officer.
  • Line Officers become more involved in decision making and work in a participative environment.
  • The Probationary Officer assimilates job skills more rapidly with Field Training Officer guidance.
  • Field Training Officers become more capable, knowledgeable and safer as a result of their role model responsibilities.