Thirty-four officers from eight law enforcement agencies recently completed field officer training at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Agencies represented included DCSO, Carson City, Nye, Churchill and Storey county sheriff’s offices, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Carson City Juvenile Probation Office and Sparks Police Department.
Participants completed a week of training in Minden, and graduated Oct. 11.
“It’s a lot of work,” said Sheriff Ron Pierini, who presented the graduates with certificates. “You learn a lot about safety, investigations and how to train others.”
Pierini said field training officers are critical to the success and safety of new recruits.
“From the first day you came to work, some of these people (FTOs), made a difference in your life. We want to see all these people succeed,” Pierini said.
He said the FTO students showed themselves to be leaders within their departments.
“You stepped up,” Pierini said. “You showed wanted to do this, to move up in supervisory positions.”
The class was supervised by DCSO Capt. Joe Duffy with the assistance of sergeants Mick Doan and Bernadette Smith, and Deputy Erik Eissinger.
“Don’t ever hesitate to call any of us,” Duffy said.
He praised the local officers who helped with the class.
“We look for experienced officers with qualities like patience, good teaching skills, safety records, good report writing,” Duffy said.
Duffy said DCSO used to offer the class twice a year, but due to the spiral in the economy, fewer departments were hiring new officers.
That seems to be turning around, and Duffy said he hoped the class would be more frequent.