In the last of our ILEETA 2023 series, NAFTO Executive Board Member and Training Coordinator, Officer Graham Tinius of the Sandy Police Department spends time with Michael and Brent to discuss the successes and challenges of officer training.
Coming from a background in crime scene technology, Tinius brings an extended set of skills and strong work ethic to his policing—traits that ultimately focused his attention on furthering improvements in the area of officer training.
Tinius talks philosophy and legacy, highlights his involvement with NAFTO and ILEETA, and shares the important volunteer work he does with the FOP Disaster Area Response Team.
Graham Tinius is a Park Police Officer and a Field Training Officer with the Sandy Police Department in Sandy, UT, where he patrols 41 local and regional parks and over 110 miles of mixed-use trails.
Graham has a degree in Evidence Technology from Phoenix College.
He began his career as a Crime Scene Technician with the Chandler (AZ) Police Department in 2001. In 2004 he was hired as an officer and promoted to Field Training Officer in 2007. In 2009, Graham assisted in rewriting the Field Training Program at Chandler PD.
In 2017, Graham was the recipient of the Champion of Hope Award, for designing and helping to implement a recovery and treatment program for opiate addicts. Graham is an Executive Board Member, the Training Coordinator, and an Instructor for the National Association of Field Training Officers. Graham is also a member of the International Law Enforcement and Educator Training Association.
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