Monday, May 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM CDT
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 4:30 PM CDT

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Rowan Training Center 
600 Lafayette Rd
St aul, MN 55103

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Sgt. Liam Duggan 
St Paul Police Department's Professional Development Institute 

The Adaptive Field Training Officer (FTO) 

The Professional Development Institute is proud to host The Adaptive Field Training Officer (FTO,) May 18th and 19th, 2020. This training will be critical for all FTO's and FTO coordinators as well as LE training staff. It will take place at the Rowan Training Center.


The Adaptive FTO teaches FTOs (and through FTOs’ efforts, the trainee) how to become emotionally aware of trigger points leading to over-reaction. It is a method of recognizing de-escalation before it is time to de-escalate. It also makes for a more empathic officer who understands that not every situation is resolved through enforcement, whether a traffic citation, a summons, or an arrest. The Adaptive FTO will provide a toolbox of techniques for the Field Trainer to use in growing the probationary officer. Through the use of real world case studies, The Adaptive FTO will create a developmental framework and tools for training the future of your organization.

You will leave this class as a stronger FTO by learning:

  •  How Emotional Intelligence creates resilient, compassionate and respectful police officers.
  • The Legal and Ethical Decision Making Model.
  • Develop the critical thinking skills in the trainee.
  • The millennial proof Adaptive Feedback Model.
  • Communication is more than what you say and Orientation is not just where you are.
  • To use failure and mistakes as method to create new knowledge.
  • Decision making skills addressing de-escalation, implicit bias and procedural justice.

Instructor: Sergeant (ret) Thomas Dworak

Sergeant Dworak is retired after 31 years from a suburban Chicago police department where he was the Field Training and Evaluation Program Coordinator and the Lead Defensive Tactics/Use of Force Instructor.  As a Senior Instructor for the Virtus Group he developed and facilitates The Adaptive FTO.  Sgt. Dworak has extensive knowledge of experiential learning, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, creative problem solving and decision making which shaped The Adaptive FTO into a program for the changing training environment Field Training Officer’s and their trainee’s find themselves in daily. 

Additionally, he facilitates training throughout the United States in Field Training, Instructor Development, Leadership, Use of Force, Defensive Tactics and serve as a Core Instructor for Below 100. Sgt. Dworak is also a Federal Courts certified Expert Witness in Police Practices and Use of Force. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an annual conference presenter and serves as the Instructor Development Section Editor of the ILEETA Journal.

COST: $235.00 per person

MN POST credit: 16

CANCELLATION POLICY: Registered attendees who fail to show for class and who do not provide notice of such intent 24 hours prior to the start of class will be billed / invoiced for full class tuition.