Riding Along: The Process of Prepping Police Officers

If you're speeding, Marshfield Officer Sam Fox may pull you over.

"Do you have a drivers licence I can see real quick?" Fox asked a person he pulled over for speeding while NewsChannel 7 was riding along.

Fox has been with the Marshfield Police Department for eight years, and he's an officer who trains in the new ones.

"The goal of each FTO is to train each new probationary officer to make it out on a solo patrol by themselves," Fox said.

He said each new officer goes through a 14-week process before they go out on patrol by themselves.

"I don't think people understand the amount of training goes into helping a new officer before they go out on their own," Fox said.

New officers ride along and work with field training officers.
The 14-week process is divided into four phases, three weeks each with a different FTO.

"There is so much responsibility that comes with being a police officer," Fox said.

In the first week, Fox said new officers learn administrative basics like how to drive the vehicles and how to become familiar with the handguns and rifles.

"They (new officers) are definitely very nervous the first time they drive around," Fox said.

After spending the next 12 weeks with various FTOs and being watched constantly, they'll finally get evaluated in the final shadow phase.

"When you come to work for 12 hours, and you have someone watching for 12 hours and every single thing you do for 12 hours over a course of 14 weeks," Fox said about the new officers in training, "it can really start to take its toll on somebody."

Officer Fox said by the end of the rigorous training, usually if FTOs have any concerns, they are taken care of and fixed with the new officers so they are ready to patrol on their own.


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