TRAINING GOES TO WORK
Now, the education, the sweat, and all of the scenario-based training starts to pay you back."
Captain Thad Espy
Assistant Training Director
TPD Training Division
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Your first year in the field is arguably one of the most exciting and personally challenging years of your life. Your training, mentors, and TPD family will help support and guide you to success. Year 1 is where your career truly begins.
From learning it to doing it.
Having graduated from the Academy, you are now an Officer in Training (OIT). As an OIT, you will spend 16 weeks in Field Training prior to being cut loose. Your Field Training is comprised of four phases: Phase 1, 6 weeks, Field Training Officer #1 (FTO); Phases 2 & 3, 4 weeks each, FTO #2 & #3; Phase 4, 2 Weeks, FTO #1, Final Evaluation. During this time, you will train in all three Uniform Divisions and in multiple shifts.
You did it. Now, you're independent.
Following successful completion of Field Training, you are now an official, fully capable, Tulsa Police Officer. Depending on when your Field Training ends, you may have a period where you will fill open positions/shifts until the Bid Board process begins in mid-July, with Shift Change occuring at the end of August. Although not your first assignment, this will be your first time to function as a Tulsa Police Officer.
Choose your division, squad, and shift.
Bid Board is pretty simple. Around July, based on seniority, you select from the available open positions. This includes all three divisions - squads and shifts. Officers who have been with the department the longest select first. As a newly minted officer, you will select last. However, the higher your Academy class rank, the earlier you get to make your selection. Shift Change takes place at the end of August.
The assignment of your choosing.