Police Field Training Officer

Job description

Job Title: Police Field Training Officer
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8602

Working under general supervision, the Field Training Officer (FTO) is responsible for providing training to all newly hired police officers. The FTO will provide general police services, emergency response, answers to calls for service and provide other services in keeping with the mission and values of Case Western Reserve University and the department of Public Safety. The field training officer will also serve as a floating shift Officer in Charge (OIC) in the absence of the shift sergeant or shift corporal as needed. The field-training officer will exhibit a proactive, service-oriented approach to the provision of community-based policing services to the faculty, staff, students and visitors at Case Western Reserve University.


    Conduct daily departmental instruction to the probationary officer. Complete FTO forms as required and submit them to the FTO coordinator. (20%)Provide feedback and rating of the probationary officer and communicate any shortfalls or issues to the FTO coordinator. Ensure the probationary officer has all the materials, forms and equipment necessary to perform police functions. Review all reports and forms submitted by the probationary office prior to departmental submission and provide assessment to the probationary officer. (15%)Evaluate the probationary officer while carrying out police services as to their ability to provide customers with friendly service. Report to the OIC and FTO coordinator of any misconduct and documents the basis of their concerns. (10%)Make final recommendation to the FTO coordinator on the probationary officer’s fitness for permanent appointment. (10%)Perform all the functions of a campus police officer. Observe functions of shift sergeant/corporal in preparation for serving as a shift supervisor when called upon. (25%)Serve as shift officer in charge in the absence of the shift sergeant or shift corporal as needed. (20%).


Perform other related duties as required. (<1%)


Department: Frequent contact with departmental staff to exchange information or use and interpret established procedures.

University: Frequent contact with university staff and faculty to exchange information or use and interpret established procedures.

External: Contact with members of the public are also frequently encountered passing through university property and visiting public venues owned by the university to exchange information or use and interpret established procedures. Routine contact with police, fire and EMS personnel from the cities of Cleveland and Cleveland Heights and University Circle Police Department to exchange information or use and interpret established procedures. Contact with other local, county, state and federal agencies may be required to exchange information or use and interpret established procedures.

Students: Frequent contact with university students to exchange information or use and interpret established procedures.


Supervise assigned probationary officers during their training period and provide periodic temporary supervisory coverage in the absence of the police sergeant or police corporal.


Experience: 2 years of related experience required.

Education/licensing/certifications: High school education required. OPOTA certification required. OPOTA Basic FTO training within 6 months of appointment and maintain certification. Must be 21 years of age at time of application. Must have a valid Ohio driver’s license, free of serious or frequent violations.


    Ability to successfully complete physical agility testing. Able to complete the physical, practical and academic requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Academy.Ability to successfully complete in-service training mandated by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and the Case Western Reserve University Police department.Must have the ability to read, write and speak English fluently. Ability to communicate effectively with the diverse population of the campus.Ability to effectively relate complex information both orally and in writing.Ability to make quick assessments of emergency situations, determine appropriate response and calmly, efficiently and tactfully enact emergency response procedures.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, subordinates and supervisors.Ability to learn and apply principles and techniques of modern policing.Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations.Thorough knowledge of university rules and procedures.Thorough knowledge of university geography, to include: property boundaries, street names and locations, building and parking lot locations, major functions, hazards, fire & security system locations and access points.Thorough knowledge of university and department mission, vision and values.Basic knowledge of fire, security and access controls system operation.Basic knowledge of computer functions and operations.Ability to proficiently and safely use of issued firearms, non-lethal weapons and restraints.Ability to use unarmed self-defense and restraint techniques.Ability to safely and effectively operate assigned motor vehicles.Ability to observe and remember information and details.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.


The employee may be required to spend extended periods of time sitting, standing or walking and be able to bend, stoop, reach and run. The employee may be exposed to weather conditions including heat, cold, wind, rain, snow and ice and be involved in physical confrontation and exposure to dangerous situations. The employee may be required to work extended hours based on situational and staffing needs. The employee will need to satisfactorily pass medical exam, psychological exam and background investigation.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.





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Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 5/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time