Field Training & Evaluation Program (FTEP)

The FTEP consists of a 21-week on the job training program for newly hired police officers. This training is divided into two sections including six weeks of classroom training in a static / semi-dynamic atmosphere and 15 weeks of training in patrol with certified Field Training Officers (FTOs) assigned on a rotating basis.


Each recruit officer is evaluated daily and his/her performance is reviewed and discussed. This process enables the FTO to provide immediate feedback in order to enhance their performance. Thirteen written tests are given to each recruit during this process. Testing includes:
  • A pre-orientation examination
  • Four 10-code tests
  • ASP baton
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC)
  • CPR / AED
  • Tennessee and NCIC / TIES examinations
  • A post-orientation examination
  • Mid-term and final examinations
An FTO Sergeant monitors each recruit during the 15-week period and produces a weekly written evaluation on the recruit’s performance. Each recruit must complete four phases of the program to reach the required goal of a fully trained officer capable of assignment to solo duties.

Additionally, the FTEP is affiliated with the National Association of Field Training Officers and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Association. The Annex Training Staff acts as department liaison between the department and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA).

Automated Daily Observation Reports and Evaluations (ADORE)

On November 1, 2010, the FTEP began using a new program to assist Field Training Officers and Sergeants in completing the Daily Observation Reports and the Sergeant Weekly Reports. The Automated Daily Observation Reports and Evaluations (ADORE) program allows field training officers to complete their Daily Observation Reports electronically which eliminates the need for the paper version.

This allows supervisors to track recruits more efficiently and will show how recruit officers have progressed during their training time. It also allows supervisors to see their recruits are deficient in their abilities to perform solo duties. This will allow training offices to see specific areas where additional training may be needed.

Recent Training

For the year 2012 six police officers were assigned to FTEP training and four will complete their training in 2013. Four of those six officers attended a 10-week basic police school at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, one attended transition school for past certified officers whose certification had expired or out of state officers, and one was currently certified.