FAQ

What are the costs of implementing the PTO program?
The costs of implementing the PTO program resemble the costs of implementing traditional field training programs. The costs are related to the training of officers, the writing of manuals, and the creation of forms.
What are the immediate and long-term benefits of the PTO program?
The immediate benefits of the PTO program are many: patrol officers who understand and engage in problem solving; increased interest and involvement in community-oriented policing and problem solving (COPPS) on the part of new and experienced officers; greater trainee self-awareness; and a sense of area responsibility by new officers. An important long-term benefit to the agency is the further institutionalization of community policing and problem solving.
What was the outcome of testing the PTO program?
The PTO program was piloted by six agencies. The common outcome for these agencies, as the case studies in the next section make clear, was the development of a PTO program that improved the learning capacity of new officers. Agencies reported that the PBL method improved new officers’ ability to handle basic policing tasks and responsibilities. Further, trainees learned to perform their duties more efficiently, effectively, and equitably and in a manner that reflects the principles of COPPS. The PTO program is designed to achieve the same results in any progressive police agency and the community it serves.

How does an agency evaluate trainees during this program?
Evaluation takes place in a number of ways,including the following:

1) Informal assessment of daily activities through daily journal entries and dialogue

2) Weekly Coaching and Training Reports (CTR's)

3) Problem Based Learning Exercises (PBLE"s) in each of the four phases.

4) Neighborhood Portfolio Exercise (NPE)

5) Week long mid-term evaluation

6) Week long final evaluation

So how does it work on a day-to-day basis?

The trainee and trainer answer calls, patrol their beat, and work with the community much as they have always done. In this model, the trainees use those experiences to solve various problems assigned by the trainer. Those assigned problems, called Problem-Based Learning  Exercises, train the recruit to think critically and develop partnerships within the community.