KICKAPOO TRIBAL POLICE
The mission of the Kickapoo Tribal Police Department Field Officer Training Program is intended to focus on excellence, to provide leadership through innovation and creativity in a dynamic, diverse and professional organization. Field Training Officers will strive to create a safe and secure learning environment, by dedicating themselves to raising the level of preparedness to meet the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow. The Field Training Officer Program will sustain a working partnership with the Kickapoo Community to improve the safety and quality of life. We will accomplish our mission by providing proactive service and to continually enhance the professionalism of law enforcement and serving the Kickapoo Community and the surroundings.
These values guide in all decisions and actions made in the Field Training Officer Program.
- Strive to learn and grow
- Be honest, ethical and professional
- Strive for excellence
- Lead by example
- Treat all people with respect and compassion
- Do the right thing
The KICKAPOO TRIBAL POLICE DEPARTMENT Field Training Program is intended to ease a police officer’s transition from the academic setting to the performance of Indian Law, State Law and law enforcement patrol duties of the KICKAPOO TRIBAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. Although an officer graduating from the Basic Course Academy has received a thorough introduction to basic law enforcement subjects, that officer cannot be expected to immediately function as an experienced officer. Newly assigned officers must receive additional training in the field, where they can learn from officers who have already gained a great deal of practical patrol experience.
The Field Training Program introduces a newly assigned officer to the personnel, procedures, policies, and purposes of the department as well as providing the initial formal and informal training specific to the day to day duties of its officers. In order to make the new officer’s field training as effective as possible, they are assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO). The FTO is an experienced officer especially selected and trained to conduct this type of training. It is the responsibility of the FTO to thoroughly review the field training guide materials with the newly assigned officer and to demonstrate proper patrol procedures. New officers will be required to perform various law enforcement duties under the guidance and supervision of their assigned FTO.
The student’s performance will be evaluated daily, weekly and by-weekly by the FTO. This one-on-one style of training and the fact that the instructor/trainers must guide the training in real law enforcement situations, sets it apart from any prior academic endeavor. Field training has a significant impact on the individual student in terms of imprinting attitudes, style, values and ethics in carrying out the duties of police work that will remain throughout a career. Consequentially, it is probably the most effective influence on the future direction of a department. The law enforcement department head and his/her field training manager must, therefore, be certain that the field training program which introduces officers to the department not only develops the necessary technical skills but also reflects the policing philosophy of the department and the community that it serves.
The field training staff has the monumental responsibility of building the future of the department through the people they train. To assure success in this task, the field training program must have a training philosophy that ensures that every student is given the maximum opportunity to show that he or she can do the job. In order to accomplish this, the program must create a positive environment in which learning is maximized and in which students are able to perform to the best of their ability. The approach must be fair, firm, friendly and above all, professional. The example set must be beyond reproach. Evaluation must be sincere and given in a straight-forward manner emphasizing the positive as well as the negative aspects of performance. At no time should the new officers be demeaned or ridiculed. Even the least capable student must be treated with respect and compassion. No student should ever be treated in a way that deprives that student of his or her dignity. Every effort must be made to ensure that the stress felt by the student is caused by the job and not from the words or actions of the Field Training Officers nor the staff.