Seminar Title

Field Training Officer Certification Course

Dates of Events

10/21/2024 through 10/25/2024

Last Updated: 07/11/2024
Instructor(s): Steven Kellams
Location: Lake County Sheriff's Department - 2293 N Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307
Course Registration Fee: $495
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 course is designed to provide knowledge and training to develop Field Training Officer’s skills. Each new FTO will be presented with ideas and techniques to assist them in becoming more professional and confident in the application of their skills. This course is based on a modified “San Jose” program common in most departments across the US. Many of the topics will also apply to a variety of different FTO programs.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Discuss the "San Jose" and other program models
Understand differences from Lesson Plans and Check-off Lists
Identify demands on FTOs as Instructors
List five of the errors in rating
Understand the basics of Adult Learning Theory
Identify liability issues
Understand performance evaluations
Understand the Rating Scale and Reference Numbers
Complete the Daily Observation Report
Counsel the new officer/deputy
Have a working knowledge of Problem Solving
Mentor the new officer/deputy

To provide public safety practitioners who specialize in on-the-job training the opportunity to gain recognition for their education and professional dedication to the field training concept. Field training develops new employees into professional and ethical members of the organization. Agencies lacking a properly functioning field training program agencies are open to discredit and liability. A properly organized, supervised, and functioning field training program is critical to the development of an agency.
· To provide public safety agencies with a training and education program that will enhance the performance of field training.
· To encourage and facilitate continued education and learning in the essential agency function.
· To assist agencies in placing the proper emphasis on post-academy and on-the-job assessment tools.
· To provide Field Training Officers with the skills necessary to adequately train new employees.
Certification Validity
Certification will be valid for two years. The successful candidate will receive special recognition for this achievement.
What you will receive upon completion
· A certificate declaring status as a Certified Field Training Officer
· Three-month free trial membership to Agency360 Field Training Software
Testing Requirement
Certification will require each candidate to attend the Field Training Officer Certification course and successfully pass the associated written and practical tests.
Graduates of the certification program who desire to maintain status as a certified Field Training Officer you will be required to attend one field training officer related training program during the 2-year validity period. Courses include:
· Field Training Officer Certification Course
· Leadership for the FTO
· Supervising and Managing the FTO Program
· FTO Refresher
Submit three completed Daily Observation Reports with all accompanying paperwork. (With identifying information redacted)

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