Our Program Expertise

Richard designed his first FTO program in 1992 when he was appointed the Field Training Director for the Travis County Sheriff's Office.  He traveled the country researching various programs before he developed the program that is still in use today and has since been adopted by countless agencies across the country.  

He then developed an accompanying curriculum to train officers to be field trainers and was invited by the Texas A&M Extension Service (TEEX) to provide that training through them.  In 1995, he struck out on his own with DLW Consultants, later changed to Richard Whitehead & Associates LLC, where he still teaches and consults today.  His training techniques and program have become so popular that numerous agencies will only use him to train their trainers.  

Richard is often called and has been instrumental in assisting other agencies in building training programs tailored to their agency specific needs.  Working in consultation with your staff, it is not uncommon to have the foundational items (length, phases, forms, categories, policy and SOP considerations) ready within a weeks time frame.

Rick's other training programs include:
  • New Supervisors
  • Returning Veterans 
  • Communications
  • Corrections
  • SWAT

If we can be of assistance to you please contact us and let us know how we can help.

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We can provide an assessment, in all or in part, of:

  • Agency Divisions or Units
  • 911 facility

Assessment includes: technology, operations, staffing, training, and supervision based on national best practices and a local market analysis. 

The analysis conducted through: surveys, interviews, on-site observations, and review of written materials will be used to produce a report identifying strengths, deficiencies, and recommendations.  

Initially, the report is delivered in draft form for review and verification of the accuracy of the data collected and analyzed to ensure there are no misunderstandings.  Following the verification process a Final Deliverable Document containing Background, Assessment, Findings, Recommendations, and Conclusions is produced.

Timeline and cost of the Assessment process will be determined by the breadth and scope of the analysis requested and is subsequently submitted by formal bid and contract.  For example, a Staffing and Retention Assessment may take from sixty (60) to ninety (90) days and a more expansive assessment can take several months.

How to Build and 
Manage an FTO program

Onsite Consultation with your staff.  

You can have a program complete with Length, Phases, Categories, Forms, etc. in as little as a weeks time.   

If you would like me to contact you for more information inquire via the "Registrar" page.

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Richard Whitehead 
Professional Public Safety Services
& Associates LLC