After graduating from the 24-week Basic School, probationary members proceed to a 10-week Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP), where they perform regular police duties under the supervision and instruction of Field Training Officers (FTOs).
The FTEP is a continuation of the job screening process for probationary members. Probationary members must successfully complete this program as well as demonstrate their ability to work under general supervision during the entire probationary period (1 year from the completion of the Basic School).
FTOs are troopers who, in addition to their assigned road patrol duties, have volunteered to assist in the on-the-job training of new troopers. They are carefully selected for their combined skills as experienced road troopers, patience, positive attitude, communication and writing skills, and ability to perform as positive role models.
The program is overseen and directed from the Academy.
The FTEP has been carefully designed and structured to achieve a specific goal: to enable a new trooper to learn how to perform in a fully competent, efficient and safe manner, within an acceptable time frame.
The normal FTEP runs 10 weeks (35 - 12hr days), divided into phases. Each phase is a programmed length of time correlated to a set of tasks which each new trooper must master. Tasks are so ordered that the new trooper is first exposed to those that are most basic and essential. Mastering these tasks establishes the proficiencies and competencies that add up to experience. By the program's completion, troopers are expected to have acquired sufficient job-related experience to fulfill their complex roles as New York State Troopers.