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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Police Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Field Training Program

Location: 
Designated field training locations throughout the City of New York.
Length: 
Version 1 or 2: 204 hours (24 weeks). Version 3: 260 hours (26 weeks); in addition, approximately 25 hours per week of on-the-job practice. Version 4: 48 hours (24 weeks); in addition, approximately 35 hours per week of on-the-job practice. Version 5: 48 hours (16 weeks); in addition, approximately 35 hours per week of on-the-job practice.
Dates: 
Version 1: April 1987 - September 1990.* Version 2: October 1990 - September 1992. Version 3: October 1992 - March 1994. Version 4: April 1994 - January 1999. Version 5: February 1999 - June 2003.
Learner Outcomes: 
Version 1 or 2: Apply police theory and technique to actual field experiences. Version 3, 4, or 5: Utilize the tenets of community policing; prepare and issue summonses; properly complete all Police Department related paper work; stop, question, and frisk suspects; utilize proper and safe street tactics; make arrests; correctly respond to radio runs; safeguard crime scenes; effectively testify during a court appearance; safely conduct auto stops; direct traffic; effectively deal with the homeless and mentally disturbed.
Instruction: 
Version 1: Structured field experience with intensive practical application of that study, under the direct tutelage of specially trained Sergeant trainers. Criminal justice procedures; precinct organizational structure; Community Patrol Officers program; precinct details; crisis intervention; reaction control training; investigatory skills; preventive patrol techniques. Individual students are assigned on a rotating basis to selected field training Sergeants who receive special training and extra compensation for this work. Three bimonthly field training evaluations are prepared by separate sergeants on each student and any below standard evaluation is channeled to the Chief of Patrol. The final evaluation and certification as a police officer takes place at the end of the probationary period. Version 2: Training is conducted as described in Version 1, with the following modifications: training takes place in the precincts rather than division offices, and more emphasis is given to community-oriented policing. Version 3: Upon graduating from the Police Academy, probationary police officers are assigned to Precinct Field Training Units. Under the direction of a training supervisor, they are shown the manner in which to respond to serious emergencies, crimes in progress, tactical confrontations, and crowd control. The probationary police officers are also thoroughly briefed and re-instructed on Department policies and procedures. Three bimonthly field training evaluations are prepared by training supervisors on each student. The final evaluation and certification as a police officer takes place at the end of the probationary period. Version 4 or 5: Upon graduating from the Police Academy, probationary police officers are assigned to Precinct Field Training Units. Under the direction of a field training sergeant and other ranking officers with whom the probationary officer completes foot patrols and radio motor patrol tours, they are shown the manner in which to respond to serious emergencies, crimes in progress, tactical confrontations, and crowd control. The probationary police officers are also thoroughly briefed and re-instructed on Department policies and procedures. Monthly field training evaluations are prepared by training supervisors on each student. The final evaluation (by the field training sergeant) and certification as a police officer takes place at the end of the probationary period.
Credit recommendation: 
Version 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours as an Internship in Criminal Justice (6/88) (3/93 revalidation) (11/94 revalidation) (10/99 revalidation). *NOTE: An earlier version of this learning experience was recommended for credit from December 1973 through June 1981 under the title Internship in Criminal Justice. The credit recommendation was: in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours as an Internship in Criminal Justice. Please refer to that exhibit for further information. Please note that there are nearly 6 years between the two versions of this learning experience when credit recommendations did not apply.

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