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DRE Program: Standardized Field Sobriety Testing

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The use of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFSTs) is an effective means of identifying, apprehending and prosecuting impaired drivers. Officers trained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) curricula-based SFSTs have gained acceptance and approval throughout the United States primarily due to their accuracy and effectiveness. The SFST Program makes this valuable training available to agencies to train personnel in SFSTs.

Classroom Instruction
The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Course is a comprehensive impaired driver detection course. The two-day course is designed to increase the law enforcement officer abilities to detect the impaired driver. This course meets the prerequisite for officers who wish to attend the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) Program. The following subjects are discussed:

  • Recognizing and Interpreting Evidence of DUI Violations
  • NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • Courtroom Testimony
  • Report Writing
  • Alcohol Correlation Studies
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
  • Dry Alcohol Lab

Qualifications
In order to be considered for training in the SFST program, a person shall be employed under direct contact of a criminal justice agency or institution involved in providing training services to law enforcement agencies.

 


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