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Posted over 1 year ago

 

I have to preface this with, my FTO made me do it.


I was in the first step of field training when my FTO handed me an address and told me to take him there. I drove him out to this dumpy little house and he told me a name and sent me up to the door. He told me nothing but that she had a warrant and refused to answer my questions about it. A lady answers the door with her 4 little rugrats bouncing around her and her hubby on the couch. I inform her she has a warrant and she asks what it's for.


Finally my FTO pipes up that it's for "stolen library materials."  She failed to return her library books. I was so embarrassed. Think like, $60 worth of children's books.


Ugh. I wish I could get a do-over on that first.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

!. You were following orders, if it was wrong it would go back on your FTO.


2. Would you rather your FTO give you a 6'3" male wanted for D.V. and Meth addiction for you to cut your teeth on?

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I think your training officer should be removed until he gets retrained. He should have told you what the warrant was for. The warrant could have been for anything, from a unpaid parking ticket to murder. You should have been told what you were dealing with.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

 That really isn't fair because you always remember your first arrest, it kind of goes to grey after that. Mine was an impaired driver at 9 in the morning. She was freakin hammered too. 

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

irishcop, I think he was just having some fun with it. Every day doesn't have to be insane. I can look back now and get a laugh. I trusted him not to put me in a bad position amd I had asked him if I was going to get beat up, he told me I wouldn't and he was very, very correct.


TNDEPUTY, I have absolutely no problem with that arrest! Like I said I definitely can look back and smile. Subsequent arrests have definitely not always gone as smooth as that first one. 


What I meant by my FTO made me do it was just that I didn't choose that cheap arrest for my first. He just threw me into it. I'm pretry sure my uniform wasn't even in yet and I was in plainclothes yet. I was wayyyy green. 

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

Congrats, you did fine and it is all part of the evaluation process that they report back to the chain and the training branch. Obviously if he approached he did not just throw you out there to flounder. Maybe he was trying to test your inquisitiveness by not divulging the entire story? Sometimes it's the seemingly simple ones that go bad quick. More to come...

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

You did fine. I, too, have a problem with the FTO not giving you all the info before you approached the house. Of course, he probably figured it would go down the way it did. But, still, that's like throwing you under the bus and it isn't appropriate behavior for a FTO. Now, once you're done with field training, that's a different story and you shouldn't be surprised if one of your fellow officers tries this again for laughs. A good rule of thumb is to NOT approach an arrestee without first knowing why they are wanted. Even so, EVERY person subject to arrest should be dealt with with officer safety a paramount concern.


All that said, congrats on the first of what will surely be many arrests in your career!


 


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Rated +1 | Posted over 1 year ago

 

 I would bet that this FTO has never been through a formal FTO training school.  


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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

What JIMROC said.

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I have three questions.


How big is your agency?


How long has your FTO been a cop?


How long has your FTO been a FTO?

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

4/9/13. Several days ago I sent a PM to the OPand axed for a response. Maybe the questions were out of line.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

Yes, you "axed" for a response but I also have a job that I must attend to. I understand wanting information but I don't understand the entirely negative attention a relatively funny story got. Say what you will about officer safety, but looking back as a now much less green officer that survived the call, it's funny that my first arrest was over library books. Analyze it all you want but this is the last post I'll make about this.


My agency is small. Probably 15 uniformed officers total. He is a year from retirement currently and I don't know how long he had been an FTO. It wasn't my place to question him.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

Thanks for your response. I didn't view any negative comments from any members. I was just curious is the reason I axed. Take a deep breath and relax.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

Since you are a brand new rookie ( I saw the price tag,LOL ) any warrant arrest must be taken seriously. I have seen those under arrest for a parking ticket warrant go south. DO NOT takeanything as routine. I have been in this business over 30 years and see people go nuts over the simplest things. NEVER let your guard.down. No charge for this advice.