Seminar Title

Leadership for the Field Training Officer

Dates of Events

06/25/2024 through 06/26/2024

Last Updated: 05/22/2024
Instructor(s): Steven Kellams
Location: Hamilton County Juvenile Services Center - 18106 Cumberland Road, Noblesville, IN 46060
Course Registration Fee: $295
Instructor Bio
Steven Kellams
Steven Kellams retired in 2019 as the Administrative Captain for the Bloomington Police Department in Bloomington Indiana. Captain Kellams attended Indiana University from 1987 to 1991. In 1989, he graduated from the Indiana University Police Academy. In 1991, he was hired by the Bloomington Police Department and was assigned to night shift. After spending 10 years as a night shift patrol officer, Captain Kellams was promoted to Sergeant, and then Lieutenant. His final position with the department was as the Administrative Captain, responsible for a number of duties including internal affairs, public information, and CALEA Accreditation. During his time at the department, he served as a breath-test operator, bike patrol officer, field training officer, and senior field training officer. Captain Kellams has also served as a Patrol Supervisor, Detective Supervisor, Civil Disturbance Unit Commander, Motor Unit Supervisor, Field Training Manager, Field Training Coordinator, Special Investigation Unit Supervisor, and Public Information Officer.
In 2000, Captain Kellams was instrumental in redesigning the field training program for the Bloomington Police Department and has taught that program to hundreds of departments throughout the United States. He has also instructed on field training issues at the national level when he presented two courses at the 2002 National Association of Field Training Officers Conference. He also presented courses for NAFTO in 2008, 2010, and 2011. In 2000, he was elected state director for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Field Training Officers. He also served on the NAFTO National Executive Board and served as President of the board in 2009.
Captain Kellams was awarded the Monroe County Officer of the Year Award in 2005 for his work with the Bloomington Police Department Field Training Program.
In 2020 Captain Kellams started
Blue Canary, a podcast for police officers. Tired of having other people tell our stories, Captain Kellams started Blue Canary to provide a voice for police officers everywhere to share their stories, thoughts, and ideas regarding all topics in law enforcement.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
This class is designed for the experienced Field Training Officer. One of the key elements of success in a field training program is proper leadership from the FTO. Often programs will train the FTO in the basics of training and evaluation but fail to prepare them as front-line supervisors. The lack of leadership training can be detrimental to the overall development of new officers This course will prepare the Field Training Officer for the requirements of their leadership positions.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Describe the foundation of leadership
Create a vision for their personal development
Create a vision for their departmental development
List leadership styles
Define their personal leadership style
Define followership
Understand the importance of followership
Understand the importance of strong ethical foundations

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