Field Training Unit

In keeping with the strictest levels of performance requirements, the Olathe Police Department strives to maintain the highest standards of professionalism. To this end, the attainment of highly trained police officers shall remain a fundamental goal of this department. The Field Training and Evaluation Program was developed to meet that responsibility.

Becoming A Police Officer
The Olathe Police Department incorporates three main stages of progressive training, responsibility, and evaluation for newly hired officers:

  • The Academy. This is a period of training in a controlled classroom and lab type environment to provide the officer with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to provide a foundation to be a successful police officer.
  • The Field Training and Evaluation Program which includes the Post-Academy Training session. The recruit officer is expected to demonstrate the knowledge gained in the Academy in a structured program designed to sequentially become more complex. The second stage combines extensive training with closely monitored evaluation.
  • Solo Patrol Period lasting for the duration of the probationary period. This final phase is crucial in evaluating the officer’s ability to function as a patrol officer. A patrol sergeant closely monitors performance.

Each stage provides the foundation necessary to successfully complete the subsequent stage. The recruit officer must complete each stage satisfactorily to advance to the next and ultimately to pass the probationary period.

Field Training And Evaluation Objectives
The Olathe Police Department Field Training and Evaluation Program has been designed and implemented so that the following objectives are met:

  1. To provide a highly trained and positively motivated police officer capable of meeting or exceeding standards of performance required by the Olathe Police Department.
  2. To provide equal and standardized training of all newly hired police officers and to provide remedial training in those areas where deficiencies are identified.
  3. To build on the foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities learned at the Academy, thereby creating an environment in which the recruit officer may develop new skills as well as increase proficiency in those acquired in the academic setting.
  4. To improve the department screening process by providing on-the-job observation of each new officer’s performance.
  5. To utilize an appraisal system which is valid and job related through a standardized and systematic approach to the documented measurement of probationary officer performance.
  6. To establish career paths within the department by providing officers selected as field trainers with additional training and opportunities to develop leadership skills.
  7. To ultimately increase the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the department by enhancing the climate of professionalism and competency demanded by the ethical standards of law enforcement.

The Olathe Police Department is a proud member of the National Association of Field Training Officers.

For more information, contact 913-971-7500.