SFST

 Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Course

​Background:

In the 1970s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began sponsoring research studies into the development of standardized tests for law enforcement officers to use to evaluate levels of impairment in drivers suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs or driving while intoxicated (DWI).  A number of tests were studied, and some of them were validated by the studies as being accurate indicators of impairment. 

The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) course, also known as the DUI or DWI Detection course,  is a comprehensive course that is designed to increase the student's ability to detect impairment in drivers.  The fundamental purpose of this training course is to foster DWI deterrence, i.e., to dissuade people from driving while impaired by increasing the odds that they will be arrested and convicted. SFST training focuses on the three-phases of the DUI/DWI detection investigation, and especially on the battery of three tests that were validated by NHTSA in their studies. Students in this class learn how to recognize and document the presence or lack of clues from each test that indicate impairment in suspected DUI subjects. Successful completion of this class has resulted in attendees' improved ability to remove impaired drivers from California's roadways.

Course Description:

This course is a 16 hour classroom course which includes instruction on:

  • NHTSA Studies
  • General Deterrence
  • Physiology
  • Vehicle Code Review
  • Detection as a Three-Phase Process
  • Processing the Arrested Subject
  • Courtroom Testimony
  • SFST Instruction & Proficiency Testing
  • Report Writing

Pre-requisites:

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

Registration:

In order to register for this course, students are required to electronically submit a Training Request form to the course coordinator. An email with a name and POST ID number will not suffice to reserve a roster spot.

Fees & Costs:

There is no registration fee to attend this course. If a facility use fee is charged by the hosting agency, it will be noted in the expanded course description. This course is funded through the California Office of Traffic Safety DRE Grant. Travel reimbursement is not available for this course.

Hosting:

If your agency is interested in hosting this course at your training facility, please contact the SFST State Coordinator, Officer Gary Martens, at (916) 843-4362.

 Upcoming SFST Classes

 

 

***CLASS IS FULL - WAITLIST AVAILABLE*** SFST Instructor Class - Sacramento***CLASS IS FULL - WAITLIST AVAILABLE*** SFST Instructor Class - Sacramento5/4/2020 3:00:00 PM5/9/2020 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please complete a Training Request form and e-mail it along with your SFST certificate to Gary Martens at gmartens@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360.CHP Headquarters - 601 N. 7th St., Sacramento, CA 95811<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​​Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 8 <br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No <br>Pre-Requisites: SFST <br>POST CCN: 1270-20291-19-004</p>
SFST Class - Edwards AFBSFST Class - Edwards AFB5/19/2020 3:00:00 PM5/21/2020 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Charles Jensen via e-mail at chjensen@chp.ca.gov. For questions, please call (661) 823-5500.Edwards Air Force Base, Building 2419-Classroom 2, 125 Methusa Road, Edwards AFB, CA 93524<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 12</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-19-065</p>
SFST Class - GardenaSFST Class - Gardena6/15/2020 2:30:00 PM6/17/2020 11:30:00 PMTo register for this class, please submit a CHP 522, Training Request to Evan Jackson via e-mail at ejackson@gardenapd.org. For questions, please call (310) 217-9670. Gardena Transit Center, 13999 South Western Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 20</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-19-066</p>
SFST Class - Riverside SFST Class - Riverside 7/13/2020 3:00:00 PM7/16/2020 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Timothy Roy via e-mail at Troy@riversideca.gov. For questions, please call (951) 353-7177.Riverside PD - 10540 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92505<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form</a><br>Max Class Size: 25<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes <br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-001</p>
SFST Class - Anaheim SFST Class - Anaheim 7/13/2020 3:00:00 PM7/16/2020 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Lucy Mollica via e-mail at lmollica@anaheim.net. For questions, please call (714) 765-3862.East Anaheim Community Center (Oak Room) - 8201 E Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92808<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 20<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-003</p>
SFST Class - San Carlos SFST Class - San Carlos 8/3/2020 3:00:00 PM8/6/2020 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Len Beato via e-mail at lbeato@smcgov.org. For questions, please call (650) 573-2545.San Carlos City Hall, "Enterprise Room" - 600 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA 94070<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 24<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-004</p>
***CLASS IS FULL - WAITLIST AVAILABLE*** SFST Instructor Class - Glendale ***CLASS IS FULL - WAITLIST AVAILABLE*** SFST Instructor Class - Glendale 8/10/2020 3:00:00 PM8/15/2020 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please complete a Training Request form and e-mail it along with your SFST certificate to Gary Martens at gmartens@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360.Glendale PD - 131 N. Isabel Street, Glendale, CA 91206<p>​​​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 8 <br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No <br>Pre-Requisites: <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=6f34a449-1e0e-409b-b292-80d99838059c" target="_blank">SFST </a><br>POST CCN: 1270-20291-20-001</p>
SFST Class - Newport BeachSFST Class - Newport Beach9/15/2020 3:00:00 PM9/18/2020 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to William Hume via e-mail at tdo@nbpd.org. For more information, please call (949) 644-3663.Marina Park - 1600 W. Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 30</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-002</p>
SFST Instructor Class - Sacramento SFST Instructor Class - Sacramento 9/21/2020 7:00:00 AM9/25/2020 7:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please complete a Training Request form and e-mail it along with your SFST certificate to Gary Martens at gmartens@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360.CHP HQ - 601 N. 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 12<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No <br>Pre-Requisites: <a href="/programs-services/for-law-enforcement/drug-recognition-evaluator-program/schedule-of-classes/sfst">SFST</a> <br>POST CCN: 1270-20291-20-003</p>
SFST Class - San Carlos SFST Class - San Carlos 9/28/2020 3:00:00 PM10/1/2020 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Len Beato via e-mail at lbeato@smcgov.org. For questions, please call (650) 573-2545.San Carlos City Hall, "Enterprise Room" - 600 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA 94070<p>​Training Request Form <br>Max Class Size: 24<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-005</p>
SFST Class - GilroySFST Class - Gilroy11/9/2020 4:00:00 PM11/11/2020 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Maricela Tomasetti via e-mail at Maricela.tomasetti@ci.gilroy.ca.us. For questions, please call (408) 846-0525.Gilroy PD - 7301 Hanna Street, Gilroy, CA 95020<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 30<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-006</p>
SFST Instructor Class - Newport Beach SFST Instructor Class - Newport Beach 12/7/2020 4:00:00 PM12/12/2020 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please complete a Training Request form and e-mail it along with your SFST certificate to Gary Martens at gmartens@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360.Marina Park Recreational Building - 1600 West Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​​​Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 8 <br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No <br>Pre-Requisites: <a href="/programs-services/for-law-enforcement/drug-recognition-evaluator-program/schedule-of-classes/sfst">SFST </a><br>POST CCN: 1270-20291-20-002</p>

 

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