Police Training Officer Program – The Reno Model

5190 Spectrum Blvd. Reno, NV 89512

From 8:00AM until 5:00PM

At Regional Public Safety Training Center

5190 Spectrum Blvd. Reno, NV 89512


Steve Wood / rpstc@washoecounty.us

NV POST#P0020006

In 2000, the Reno Police Department received federal funding to form a team of training experts,
consisting of numerous law enforcement agencies, to create a new post-Academy training program.
They developed an officer training program that emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving.
Called The Reno Model, this program recognizes the importance of problem-solving skills in training a successful police officer.

The Reno Model focuses on adult learning methods and other learning constructs to create a positive experience for the trainee and trainer.

Our PTO Program exists in conjunction with a Community-Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) philosophy. While it is not mandatory for an agency to be a community-policing organization to use this model, that was the impetus for its creation.

Since its implementation, the Reno Police Department has used this model to successfully train
hundreds of its own officers, resulting in a sustaining organizational change. Numerous other
agencies have also attended this course and have since incorporated the same model.

Course attendees will participate in class exercises, presentations, and interact with other
students and instructors. The course will include introduction and implementation of the Reno
Model, as well as developing their own organizational change.

Seating is limited; this course is open only to law enforcement agency personnel.

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