PTO (Police Training Officer) Basic Course

40 Hour Training Course / 4.0 CEUs / KLEC Approved

Course Description

This course prepares participants to become post-academy field trainers.  The PTO Model is specifically designed for agencies engaged in the community-policing and problem solving service delivery method. Participants will learn how to use problem-based learning and other adult learning strategies to coach and mentor recent academy graduates through field training phases of the PTO program. Topics will include problem based learning; coaching and training reports; emotional and multiple intelligence; the Learning Matrix; Learning Activity Packets (LAPs); the Neighborhood Portfolio Exercise (NPE); and other components of the PTO program.

Topics covered include:

  • Learning Journals
  • Problem based learning
  • Introduction to the PTO Training Program
  • Introduction of Problem Based Learning Exercise
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Introduction to the Learning Matrix
  • Building the Learning Matrix
  • Coaching Skills
  • Coaching Training Reports (CTRs)
  • Learning Activity Packages (LAPS)
  • Neighborhood Portfolio Exercise


  • To produce graduates of the training program who are capable of providing responsible, community-focused police services
  • To design fair and consistent evaluations that address a trainee’s skills, knowledge, application, and ability to effectively provide policing services to their communities
  • To develop and enhance the trainee’s learning from the academy within the community environment through a series of real-life problem solving activities
  • To formulate learning opportunities for new officers that meet or exceed the training needs of both the community and the policing agency
  • To prepare trainees to use a problem-solving approach throughout their careers by employing problem-based learning training
  • To promote the practice of using community members as partners in problem solving

Upcoming Training and Lodging

If this course is not currently scheduled, it can be brought to your region by a co-hosting agency or through a contract. Contact Barry Madden for more details:


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