In late June, Spokane County Deputy Mark Benner recognized for his outstanding work by receiving the honor of being named as a National Association of Field Training Officers 2018 Field Training Officer of the Year during their 2018 National Conference in Shreveport, La.
NAFTO President Daniel Greene stated Benner’s nomination was received by the entire NAFTO executive board and they determined his “experience, training and dedication” to field training met the standards for their national award.
This award, as well as successfully completing the required work to receive a NAFTO Master FTO designation, exemplifies Benner’s ethics, compassion, leadership and sense of duty while serving.
Deputy Benner served in the United States Marine Corps for four years (two combat tours), followed by six years in the Washington Air National Guard. He has been a deputy with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for over nine years where he is a FTO, a patrol procedures instructor, and a Washington State Certified Emergency Vehicle Operations Course instructor.
“As a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office FTO, y Benner has worked to upgrade and verify training resources which has greatly increased access, efficiency and effectiveness of our Field Training and Evaluation program while continuing to train new deputies, instruct during in-service training and provide a high level of service to the Citizens of Spokane County as a patrol deputy,” said Deputy Mark Gregory, sheriff’s spokesman.
FTO supervisors and new deputies in training recognized his “positive attitude,” dedication, and unique ability to individually adapt to a trainee’s learning style while still holding them to very high work standards. This ensures a trainee has a positive work environment to learn and a chance to succeed while maintaining the high standards of service citizens deserve.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich stated, “Deputy Benner always gives the trainees 100-percent efforts when he is training them. He takes the job very seriously and will do whatever he can to give them the best training possible. I can say without a doubt; Deputy Benner is dedicated to the future of our agency. He is making sure the citizens of Spokane County are served by the best trained deputies in Washington.”