The Port Huron Police Department Field Training Program consists of four phases, each about a month long as well as a 1-2 week in-house training segment. The FTO program takes approximately 4 months to complete.
The first week or two consists of the "Admin Phase." During this period, new recruits will get acclimated to the department computer systems and complete necessary paperwork.
Once Admin is complete, the recruit will be in a patrol car with a Field Training Officer for a month. During this period, the recruit is expected to handle 5% - 25% of the workload, while the training officer handles the majority.
After completing Phase One, the recruit officer will be with another Field Training Officer for a month. During this period, the recruit is expected to handle 25% - 60% of the workload.
During this phase, the recruit officer will go with the Major Crimes Unit and/or the Criminal Investigative Division for one to two weeks for the Field Training Academy.
The recruit will move onto Phase Three and be with a third Field Training Officer for another month. During this phase, the recruit will handle 60% - 95% of the workload.
During the final phase, the recruit will be back with their first phase Field Training Officer, who will be in plain clothes. During this phase, the recruit handles 100% of the workload and will show that they are ready for solo patrol.
Once the recruit has passed FTO, then they will be certified for solo patrol. During the first year, new officers have monthly evaluations done with supervisors to make sure they are on the right track and don't have any issues.