About the Winters Field Training Officer (FTO) Program

The Winters Police Department Field Training Program (FTP) is a living document that encompasses specific categories of learning for Officers in Training. The training program supplements the training Officers receive in a police academy, in addition to receiving mandated training for the duration of their employment. Once an Officer completes the FTP they are then subject to a year of probation. The program is reviewed by the California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) organization on a regular basis.

Categories highlighted in the Field Training Officer Manual are:

Agency Orientation

Officer Safety


Use of Force

Patrol Vehicle Operations

Community Releations

Radio Communications


California Codes and Laws

Search and Seizure

Report Writing

Control of Persons

Patrol Procedures


Tactical Communications


Self Initiated Activities