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December 5, 2020


Hello WFTOA membership,


It has been several months since I last sent out a WFTOA news flash if you will.  Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to persist and make all our lives miserable.  I know that we all have had enough of COVID-19.  It has definitely-changed the normal everyday life activities and how we approach things.  I hope this update finds your family, friends, and yourself healthy and happy.  As the Director of this organization, I can say that we send our thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones if you have suffered illness or loss from the pandemic.  We as a law enforcement family must always share the struggles and positives as an extended family.


It was very unfortunate that we cancelled our 2020 training seminar at the Chula Vista resort.  The board works very hard to provide a high quality and safe training seminar to our membership.  This year we could not do that for the overall membership.  I do want to thank the board for the efforts that they put forth in planning that did not come to fruition.


I would like to share the news that the WFTOA board as reconvened and started to plan the training seminar for 2021.  We are actively looking for great speakers and entities that will provide a great training seminar for our membership.


Please plan to attend the 2021 WFTOA training seminar in September 2021.  Be sure to follow us on the WFTOA facebook page and at www.wftoa.org.



Kevin Otto-Executive Director



W.F.T.O.A., The Wisconsin Field Training Officers Association, is an educational and professional association concerned with apprenticeship training (commonly known to as the Field Training Officer concept) for Law Enforcement, Communications, and Corrections personnel. Educators, Administrators and other Criminal Justice practitioners are also encouraged to participate.

The Wisconsin Field Training Officers Association is a resource for Field Training Officers for developing their field training program to provide the necessary training to new officers.

We will strive to meet your needs. You are the organization, we are simply the facilitators. Together, we will all move forward to get the best trainers.


2021 Featured Speakers

2019 FTO of the Year

Kyle Knepler - Hudson Police Department


Kyle is an Officer with the Hudson Police Department. He has been an officer with two departments for over 10 years, seven of which he has been an FTO. Due to his expertise and dedication to the FTO program, Kyle is the lead FTO. He is the first FTO new officers will train with. 


Kyle has taken to this role and has excelled at it. He has assisted with reviewing FTO policy and reviewing and assisting with making upgrades to the training manuals.   
Kyle is dedicated to his family and community. He often volunteers with schools and community events.  
W.F.T.O.A. is always looking for the next FTO of the Year. Please nominate someone from your agency that you feel deserves this award. Find out more information here.

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Chaplain Dick Kendall

Critical Incidents and Tragedy through the Chaplain’s Eyes


Frank Sullivan

Wisconsin Department of Justice

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Officer Adam Meyers

Village of Lake Hallie PD

Walmart Incident Debrief

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Marathon County Sheriff's Office

Failure to Train Litigation

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Chris Prochut