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Field Training Program

Two police offiers looking at mapThe Novi Police Department utilizes a nationally recognized Field Training and Evaluation program for all new police recruit officers.  This program introduces and trains the new police recruit officer on the skills, duties and responsibilities required to perform as a certified police officer for the City of Novi. Before starting the Novi Police Department field training program, all recruit officers must first be certifiable by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, which generally involves successful completion of a police academy and State recognized testing process.

Only the finest police officers are selected to serve as field training officers in the program.  The selected officers who conduct the training have demonstrated their problem solving ability and community involvement by working with local residents and community business leaders throughout the City of Novi.

During the intense field training program, the recruit officer is introduced to community policing philosophy that is the cornerstone of Novi Police Department policing.  Training in solving core social problems, building proactive partnerships with civic groups, citizens and businesses, and community engagement.  Field training encourages recruit officers to “think outside the box” when solving social issues that cause concerns for the community, including the use of outreach and diversion options for offenders in appropriate cases, and connecting people to community resources where there may be a mental health component involved or other need.

Recruit officers who successfully complete the training program will be certified for a solo patrol position.  Throughout their career, their performance and career development are monitored by patrol sergeants, who work with them to ensure that the Novi Police Department continues to deliver exceptional policing services in our community.