Field Training & Evaluation Program (FTEP)
|The FTEP consists of a 23-week on the job training program|
for newly hired police officers. This training is divided
into two sections including eight weeks of classroom
orientation and practical application training in a static/ semi-dynamic atmosphere and 15 weeks of training in patrol with certified Field Training Officers (FTOs) assigned on a rotating basis. In addition to the 23-week program completed by MPD, new officers also attend the 12-week Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA).
Orientation consists of 8-weeks of classroom and practical aptitude styles of training for non-certified recruit officers or those recruit officers with limited time on the streets. This training will give non-certified officers the training needed to prepare them for TLETA and for the Field Training and Evaluation Program. During Orientation Recruit Officers will take various written tests to ensure retention and understanding of material covered. Testing includes:
- A pre-orientation test
- 10-code/ phonetic alphabet testing
- ASP Baton practical and written test
- EVOC test with practical aptitude
- CPR/ Tactical First Aid
- Tennessee and NCIC/ TIES exam
- Firearm qualifications for both pistol and shotgun
- OC spray exposure
- Defensive Tactics instruction and practical aptitude testing
- A post-orientation test
Certified Recruit Officers maybe eligible, based on experience and performance, to complete an accelerated Field Training and Evaluation Program. The accelerated program is based on the performance of the Officer at the end of four-weeks and by the recommendation of the Field Training and Evaluation Coordinator.
Certified Officers with experience may complete a three-week orientation that will focus on the training required by the Murfreesboro Police Department and to ensure those officers are trained in accordance to the policies of the Murfreesboro Police Department.
Additionally, the FTEP is affiliated with the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Association. The Training Staff acts as department liaison between the department and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA).