Police Training Officer (PTO Reno/COPS Model)

This highly interactive 40 hour course presents the PTO model (sometimes called the Reno or COPS model) to field trainers engaged in training those who have recently completed the BLEA or Equivalency Academy. This program can be adapted for corrections, but the materials used in this class will be law enforcement related. It begins with an introduction to problem-based learning, which underlies the PTO program. Classes have a maximum of 24 students. Topics include:

  • The composition and components of the PTO program
  • Adult learning theories, principles and styles
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Use and evaluation of journaling
  • Duties and responsibilities of program personnel
  • Use of teaching and evaluation tools and learning activities

Recruit training in this model focuses on the new peace officer's learning capacity and problem-solving skills as opposed to his or her rote performance capabilities, helping them to better apply their academic knowledge.

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via Acadis

Upcoming classes are listed below.  Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class.  Selections will be completed four weeks prior to the class; those accepted into the class will receive a notification at that time.


Pre-course work must be completed prior to day one of the academy.  It will be sent out via email to accepted students approximately four weeks before the start of class.
Tom Hill (FTO, PTO, Reserve Academies Program Manager)

(206) 835-7344

Who can attend our classes?

Employment as a field trainer

Required Equipment

  • Laptop computer and charger capable of running:
    • PowerPoint
    • Microsoft Word
    • PDFs
    • Internet Explorer/Chrome/etc.
  • Writing utensils

Dress Code

Visitors attending training at the WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus. 

Visitors not wearing agency identification can attend classes in business casual attire.  They will need check in at the front desk and wear a clip-on visitor's identification card.

Uniforms, agency logo clothing or business casual attire is appropriate for classroom wear.


Four 8 hour days of instruction and learning. 
Pre-course work increased from 4-8 hours. 
Class will be held 0800 - 1700 all 4 days.

Exact dates and location will vary by class.


Deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to class.  Send an email to  scoaxum@cjtc.wa.gov to cancel your registration.

$75 no show or late cancellation fee.