Field Training Officers
General Duty Deputies:
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office utilizes the Field Training Associates patrol training and evaluation process to train new deputies. The Field Training Officers (FTOs) are responsible for training, coaching, and evaluating the probationer's performance. The program takes about three months and provides approximately 600 hours of patrol training to certify the new deputy for solo patrol. There are four distinct phases during this process and each phase shifts more of the workload onto the new deputy. The trainee learns about areas including squad operations, department policies and procedures, traffic enforcement, criminal law application, and crisis response to varying situations. Upon successful completion of the field training program, the new deputy is entrusted with the responsibilty to provide professional and proactive service while serving our community.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office Detention Services Division utilizes a similar training and evaluation process to train new Correctional Deputies. Field Training Officers are responsible for daily observation/evaluation and training. New deputies pass through five phases of training with their assigned FTO, gaining more knowledge and responsibility with completion of each phase. This training is approximately 240 hours or 6 weeks long. All trainees, Correctional Deputies and General Duty Deputies attend two weeks of classroom training together prior to assignment to prospective departments and beginning of on-the-job training.
Correctional trainees will then begin work inside the Jail with a Field Training Officer, where they learn elements of working in a direct supervision facility. Areas of focus include interpersonal communication, department policy and procedure, ethics and how to manage medical and mental health issues. Trainees will also learn the duties of each area within the Jail, and learn how to respond to emergency situations. Upon successful completion of the field training program, a new correctional deputy is designated responsibility of care for up to 60 inmates during a shift. Additionally, deputies will be able to provide assistance to arresting officers who bring arrestees to the Jail and answer many questions from the general public.