The FTEP is part of the recruit selection process. All officers hired by the North Reading Police Department must successfully complete the 1 year FTEP. Recruit officers who do not successfully complete the FTEP do not continue employment with the North Reading Police Department. Based on the nationally accepted "San Jose Model", the North Reading Police Department FTEP pairs a student officer with several specially selected and trained Field Training Officers (FTOs).
The Field Training Officers (FTOs) provide instruction to the trainee officer in areas such as Department Policy and Procedures, laws of arrest, search and seizure, traffic accident investigation, and much more. There are two major components to the Field Training and Evaluation Program: Standardized Training and Standardized Evaluation. The training provides the learning aspect and the evaluation is the testing portion of the program.
The FTO uses a mixture of teaching methods to instruct the trainee officer including;
read/write/discuss, role play, and demonstration while focusing on the concepts of adult learning.
The FTO serves as a trainer, an evaluator and coach to the trainee officer, performing a daily evaluation that tracks the progress of the training function.
New trainees are on probation with the North Reading Police Department for 1 year, and culiminates in the successful completion of the FTEP.