After completing the 11-week Regional Police Academy, Dalton officers being a lengthy 20-week training program on the job with the DPD. In this program, an officer will be assigned to several Police Training Officer (PTO) instructors.
While training with the PTO instructors, new officers will be taught all aspects of patrol duty through hands-on experiences in the field as well as problem-based scenario learning exercises. New officers will generally work during all three patrol shifts during their time in the PTO program.
When a new officer has satisfactorily completed the PTO program, the new officer will be assigned to regular patrol duty with one of the three patrol shifts.