Patrol Deputies Receive FTO Certifications

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces two Sabine Parish Sheriff Patrol Deputies received their Field Training Officer (FTO) Certifications.
Deputy Josh Sandel and Deputy David Gentry completed the 35-hour course earlier this month at the Desoto Parish Sheriff Training Center.
The training was given by Public Agency Training Council (PATC), which is one of the top law enforcement training companies in the country. The class presented ideas and techniques to assist the FTO in becoming more professional and confident in the application of training another officer.
The course covered many topics such as Demands on the FTO as instructors, Understanding the basics of adult learning, Liability issues, Performance evaluations, Completing daily observation reports, and Developing scenario based training plans.
Deputy Sandel and Gentry’s duties will be to train, monitor, and mentor young deputies as they learn to become confident and professional Patrol Deputies.
Deputy Sandel has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 2011; he worked in corrections, was a K-9 Patrol Deputy, and currently works in the Patrol Division and is a member of the Sabine Parish Sheriff Dive Team.
Deputy Gentry has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 2016; he has worked in corrections and the patrol division. Deputy Gentry has been mentoring new deputies for the last four years.
Sheriff Mitchell said this is the first time the Sheriff’s Office has had certified FTOs to train new Deputies in the Patrol Division.

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