One of the most important steps in becoming a Rochester Police Officer is transitioning from your academy experience and applying the knowledge learned to “the road.”
After successful completion of the police academy you will be assigned to an experienced officer for the field training and evaluation program. The field training program lasts a minimum of 12 weeks, of which you will be with at least 3 different field training officers.
The field training program is geared towards helping you apply the basic knowledge taught in the police academy to real life situations. Field Training Officers (FTO) are selected based on their knowledge, interpersonal skills, and their desire to train others. FTO’s evaluate probationary officers in the areas of appearance, attitude, department/law knowledge, radio skills, driving skills, control of conflict, research skills, field performance, report writing, and relationships with others.
For many officers, field training is an opportunity to learn from senior officers’ experiences, and gain experience under the direction of that officer. Many probationary officers form a special bond with their field training officer, and fondly remember many of the experiences during the field training program.
After successfully completing the field training program you will be officially certified as a police officer, and will be assigned to a unit to gain experience as a patrol officer.