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MSP Airport Fire Station #1 
6920 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55450

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Edward Lemon 
St Paul Police Dept 

Lifeline Training/Calibre Press:

The Ultimate FTO 



Cost: $209.00                Very Limited Seating!

The Saint Paul Police Professional Development Institute (PDI) is co-sponsoring with A.T.O.M. and Lifeline Training / Calibre Press a 2-day "Pilot Program"  course "The Ultimate FTO".

THE ULTIMATE FTO (Pilot Program)

 Creating a New Generation of Field Training Officers 

The Ultimate FTO is a two day, evidence based officer safety program focused on human performance improvement.  The Ultimate FTO program is not a basic FTO program, but rather a skills enhancement course that will make the “good” FTO a “great” FTO.  The course is learner centered, with interactive learning activities, case reviews, and video analysis.  This program is not based on developing mechanical training or rote skills commonly found in traditional field training officer (FTO) programs, but rather enhancing FTO’s abilities to help new officers learn. The course is designed from more than 50 empirical resources and collaboration from Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) throughout North America. 

Rooted in our foundational belief that quality training should provide evidence based, practical, and immediately applicable tools for officer safety, the goals of this class are simple: 

  1. To identify the essential characteristics and skills necessary for improving performance of new police officers, with an emphasis on decision making under stress and officer safety.
  2. To teach FTO’s a new way of providing feedback that breaks with traditional feedback models and has been proven to increase human performance.  
  3. To provide FTO’s the tools to train officers in essential skills that are frequently not taught in basic academy curriculum.   

            FROM GOOD TO GREAT

  • Characteristics of the Ultimate FTO
  • Behavior modeling
  • Understanding Human Performance Under Stress
  • The Calibre Press FTO Feedback Model
  • Generation What? Training, X, Y and Millennials


  • Ultimate Officer Safety Principles
  • Ultimate Vehicle Stop Tactics
  • Ultimate Criminal Interdiction Tactics
  • Characteristics of Armed Individuals
  • Off duty/ Plainclothes encounters

Instructor: John Bostain began his Law Enforcement career in 1990 serving four years in the United States Navy. In 1994, John joined the Hampton Police Division (HPD) in Hampton, Virginia where he became a Uniformed Patrol Officer and was quickly promoted to Patrol Supervisor. John was assigned to the Bicycle Patrol Unit, S.W.A.T. Team, Narcotics Investigations, Property Crimes Detective Unit and was the Lead Advisor for the Law Enforcement Exploring Post. John also served as the Lead Police Academy Instructor at the Hampton Roads Regional Academy of Criminal Justice (HRRACJ) and became Certified by the State of Virginia as a Defensive Tactics, Firearms, and Defensive Driving Instructor.

John Bostain is currently a Program Specialist at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA where he has been a full time Law Enforcement Trainer since 2001.

For the past 15 years John has been a National Trainer, instructing more than 10,000 Police Officers at State, Local, and Federal Levels. John teaches in Subject Matter – Use of Force, Officer Safety, Control Tactics, Firearms, Driving, Instructor Development and he is a Below100, LLC Certified Train the Trainer Instructor.

This year John became the recipient of the prestigious “Law Officer Magazine Trainer of the Year – 2012” Award. He’s Certified as a Force Analyst by the Force Science Institute and created the course, Use of Force: Myths and Realities. John is an Advisory Board Member for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and edits the ILEETA Journal. John serves as an Instructor for LifeLine Training and a Core ‘Train the Trainer’ Instructor for the Below100 Initiative.