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Field Teaching Officers Certification Course

UPDATE: We are in the process of modifying our FTO course from a 5-day format to a 4-day format (Monday through Thursday) and adjusting the credits to 32. This change aims to streamline the course, enhance focus during the condensed schedule, and provide a more efficient learning experience. By concentrating the course into four days, we hope to improve engagement and retention while still delivering the same comprehensive content.

POST APPROVED 32 Hour FTO Certification Course 

This 32-hour course is specifically designed for experienced personnel selected to serve as FTO for probationary Police officers.

This course encompasses a full spectrum approach and understanding of one of the most in-depth field teaching platforms,  providing FTOs with a higher level of education, training, and experience. Officers who successfully complete this course will possess the knowledge, adaptability and confidence to prepare their probationer for a successful completion of the Field Training Program.

The course curriculum focuses on the successful completion and proper documentation through paneled teaching and discussion and hands-on application with individual/student exercises. Students will be exposed to daily DOR assessment activities, reviewing BWC footage, and participating in scenario-based training with an actual, one-on-one debriefing with experienced Field Training Officer Supervisor(s), Law Enforcement officers and role players.

The first three days will be in-classroom lectures, activities, and coursework with a distinguished panel of subject matter experts. Days four and five will consist of the Groebner Phase, honorably named after the late Officer Eric Groebner, APD. This phase consists of out-of-classroom, practical exercises, completing DORs, documentation, and debriefing practice in our FTO course- an idea that originated from Officer Groebner.

This course represents one of the most researched, comprehensive, and advanced full-spectrum FTO curricula, preparing your agency's next generation of Field Training Officers.

Core Concepts in LETAC’s Field Teaching Officer’s Course:

  • Understanding the Field Training Program (FTP)
  • FTP Best Practices & Lessons Learned - A Police Chief’s Perspective
  • Ethical & Legal considerations in Field Training Program
  • FTP & FTO Civil Liabilities – Training & Policies (Canton / Monell Threshold)
  • Understanding the philosophy of “Teaching vs Training”
  • Adaptive Teaching Techniques for the adult learner
  • Understanding All Field Training Program Forms
  • Simplifying DOR Evaluation Guidelines
  • Understanding the Importance & best practices for Proper Documentation
  • The Proper Use & Designation of “Not Responding to Training” (NRT)
  • Developing & Documenting "Remedial Training Action Plans"
  • Understanding & Creating - End of Phase Extension / Next Phase Plan(s)
  • Identifying Your Agency’s FTO Culture
  • FTO Consistency = FTP Success
  • Managing Emotions & Conflict
  • Understanding & Managing How Stress Impacts a Probationer’s Performance
  • Drafting Individual & Agency Procedure’s Manual
  • LETAC FTO / Probationer Teaching Model
  • The “Groebner” Phase 1 & 2
  • Law Enforcement Scenario Role Play & Observational Assessment
  • DOR Form & Documentation Practice & FTO Supervisor’s Review
  • Train the Trainer - Preparing FTO & Probationer for Court
  • FTO Court Room Preparations & Mock Trial

Who Should Attend?

Field Training Officers

Session Type:

In-person course.



Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund available, 60+ days prior to the event.
  • 50% refund available 59-30 days prior to the event.
  • No refunds will be made 29 days prior to the event.

Date & Time

Monday, Jul 15, 2024 - Thursday, Jul 18, 2024
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Hennepin Technical College, Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Education Center
9110 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


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Lee Vague

Director of Special Projects
Lee has over three decades experience in public safety, leadership and instruction. His passion is building culture, leading organizations through challenges and creating positive change. Before joining Eckberg Lammers, Lee was the public safety director and police chief for the City of Woodbury, MN. Prior to that, he worked 18 years as a police officer and patrol sergeant. Throughout his career, Lee has taught classes and developed curriculum for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and has consulted and instructed on numerous topics including coaching, emerging leadership, implicit bias and management and supervision.

Dr. Shawn Moore

Distinguished LETAC Faculty
Dr. Shawn Moore is a former Police Officer for Brooklyn Center Police Department. He has 20 years of professional experience in the field of Cultural Competency, Conflict Resolution, and Community Engagement. This has included, working as a community liaison in the Moundsview School District, a community and cultural coordinator for North St. Paul School District, Coordinating the Scholars Program at Century College, and Director of community engagement and service learning at Bethel University, and Metro State University. He has taught in this field as an adjunct professor, senior Mall of America training officer, and community-training liaison. Shawn is currently a Volunteer State Mediator for Hennepin County. Throughout all of his work experience he has been tasked with the responsibility to teach and conduct cross-cultural, conflict resolution, and community engagement workshops and trainings. He also gained experience from his time living abroad which included living in Guam for 4 years. Also, Shawn spent significant time in Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, Australia, and South Africa.

Imran Ali

Attorney, Senior Director of Training, Consulting and Investigation Services
Imran is a distinguished trial lawyer and shareholder at Eckberg Lammers, bringing two decades of legal expertise to his role as the Executive Director of Training, Consulting, and Investigation Services (LETAC). Imran's commitment extends beyond the courtroom, where he has successfully handled intricate cases, including homicide, sexual assault, and human trafficking. With a passion for victim advocacy, Imran has become a prominent figure in the criminal justice profession, training judges, law students, and thousands of law enforcement professionals nationwide. Recognized for his outstanding contributions, he was named Minnesota Attorney of the Year in 2016 and 2020, solidifying his reputation as a legal luminary dedicated to upholding justice with honor and integrity.

Tom Weidner

Shareholder, Attorney
Tom Weidner is a managing shareholder and attorney for the Eckberg Lammers Prosecution and Personal Injury teams. A highly-skilled negotiator and litigator with more than 30 years' experience, Tom aggressively, yet compassionately seeks justice for individuals and families reeling from serious injury or death resulting from the negligence of others. Tom has successfully represented thousands of clients, obtaining millions of dollars in compensation, in all areas of personal injury. He believes no one who has been the victim of someone else's negligence or criminal activity should be forced to face financial crisis and an uncertain future.

Alexis McKim

Alexis McKim is an attorney with Eckberg Lammers' Municipal Law Group who focuses her practice on criminal prosecution. Alexis has varied history working in the criminal justice system, including work as a pre-trial service agent, a correctional officer, and a probation and parole intern. These broad and comprehensive firsthand experiences have deeply diversified her work, helping to shape her perspective on crime and inspire her approach as an advocate in criminal court proceedings.

Joe Van Thomme

Joe is a shareholder with Eckberg Lammers and an attorney in their Municipal practice area and serves as one of our lead criminal prosecutors. He focuses his practice in criminal prosecution for the Cities of Blaine, Ramsey, Woodbury, East Bethel, and Oak Park Heights. From charges and arraignment to trial, verdict and sentencing, along with contested evidentiary hearings and probation violations, he regularly handles all facets of misdemeanor prosecution for the cities they serve.



This course is offered and conducted by Eckberg Lammers’ Law Enforcement Training Academy & Consulting team of experienced trainers and consultants. Information provided in these trainings does not constitute or contain legal advice, nor do they establish and attorney-client relationship.

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