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 Rob Smith, at (916) 843-4392 or rosmith@chp.ca.gov.

 Upcoming SFST Classes

 

 

SFST Class- OaklandSFST Class- Oakland2/9/2023 3:00:00 PM2/11/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Glenn Hara via e-mail at ghara@oaklandca.gov. For more information, please call (510) 867-7185.455 7th St. 6th Floor Oakland, CA 94607<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-082<br></p>
SFST Class - San Bruno ***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Class - San Bruno ***CLASS IS FULL***2/15/2023 4:00:00 PM2/17/2023 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Scott Smithmatungol via e-mail at ssmithmatungol@sanbruno.ca.gov. For questions, please e-mail or call (650) 616-7100.Sonesta Es Suites 1350 Huntington Ave. San Bruno, CA 94066<p>***CLASS IS FULL***<br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 12<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-074<br></p>
SFST Class - HumboldtSFST Class - Humboldt2/18/2023 4:00:00 PM2/20/2023 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to jalvies@townofparadise.com. For more information, please call John Alvies at (530) 872-6241. 1460 Humboldt Rd. Chico, CA 95928 <p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 10<br>Fee: No<br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None<br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-070<br></p>
SFST Class - Beverly HillsSFST Class - Beverly Hills2/23/2023 3:00:00 PM2/25/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please submit a Training Request form to Dale Drummond via e-mail at dbdrummond@beverlyhills.org. For questions email or call (310) 285-2173.464 North Rexford Dr., Bevery Hills, CA 90210 Beverly Hills PD<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: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-077<br></p>
SFST Class - Huntington BeachSFST Class - Huntington Beach2/23/2023 4:00:00 PM2/25/2023 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Lisa Hunter via e-mail at lhunter@hbpd.org, please cc: raltenbach@hbpd.org. For more information, please call (714) 536-5629. Huntington Beach PD, 2000 Main st. Huntington Beach, CA 92648<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br></p><p><br>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p><br>Fee: No</p><p><br>Wet Lab: No</p><p><br>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p><br>POST CCN: 1270-20272-22-064<br></p>
SFST Class - ImperialSFST Class - Imperial2/27/2023 4:00:00 PM3/1/2023 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Adrian chilpa via e-mail at achilpa@ecpd.org. For more information, please call (760) 352-2111.Imperial HIDTA / IV Law Enforcement Coordinator Center - 2409 La Brucherie Rd. Imperial, CA 92251<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 14<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-076<br></p>
SFST Class - Oceanside ***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Class - Oceanside ***CLASS IS FULL***3/2/2023 4:00:00 PM3/4/2023 1:00:00 AM***CLASS IS FULL*** To register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Jeffrey Killion via e-mail jkillion@oceanside.org. For questions, please call (760) 436-4615.3855 Mission Ave. Oceanside, CA 92058<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: No<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-069<br></p>
SFST Class - Santa MonicaSFST Class - Santa Monica3/6/2023 3:00:00 PM3/9/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Lantz Lewis via email at Lantz.Lewis@santamonica.gov. For more information, please call (424) 410-0417.Santa Monica Institute 330 Olympic Dr. Santa Monica, CA 90401<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-085<br></p>
SFST Class - OrangeSFST Class - Orange3/6/2023 4:00:00 PM3/8/2023 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Bryce Nielsen via e-mail at bnielsen@orangepd.org. For questions, please call (520) 349-7698.Orange Police Dpt. 1107 N. Batavia St. Orange, CA 92867 Emergency Operations Center (EOC)<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 20<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-067<br></p>
SFST Class - StocktonSFST Class - Stockton3/6/2023 4:00:00 PM3/8/2023 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Jeremiah Skaggs via e-mail at jeremiah.skaggs@stocktonca.gov. For questions, please call (209) 937-8377.22 E. Weber Ave #166 Stockton, CA 95202<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 20<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-071<br></p>
SFST Class - San Luis ObispoSFST Class - San Luis Obispo3/6/2023 4:00:00 PM3/9/2023 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to George Berrios via e-mail at gberrios@slocity.org. For questions, please call (805) 781-7341.Ludwick Community Center 864 Santa Rosa, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-079<br></p>
SFST Class - Elk Grove SFST Class - Elk Grove 3/20/2023 3:00:00 PM3/23/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Randy Brunson via e-mail at randy.brunson@chp.ca.gov. For questions, please e-mail or call (916) 843-4360.The Center at District 56, 8230 Civic Center Drive, Ste 100, Elk Grove, CA 95757<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 35<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-078<br></p>
SFST Class -AnaheimSFST Class -Anaheim3/20/2023 3:00:00 PM3/23/2023 12:30:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Lucy Mollica via e-mail at lmollica@anaheim.net. For more information, please call (714) 765-3862.Anaheim Police Dpt. East Station - 8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon, Anaheim, CA <p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: YES<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-057<br></p>
SFST Class - LincolnSFST Class - Lincoln3/20/2023 3:00:00 PM3/22/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Travis Herbert via email at therbert@chp.ca.gov. Lincoln City Hall, 600 6th Street, Lincoln, CA 95648<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 30<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Leb: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-081<br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - RiversideSFST Instructor Class - Riverside3/27/2023 3:00:00 PM4/1/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, complete a CHP 522, Training Request form along with the SFST Instsructor Application. E-mail both along with your SFST certificate to Michael Phillips at michphillips@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360. Riverside PD - Magnolia Station, 10540 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a><br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/SFST%20Instructor%20Form.pdf" target="_blank">SFST Instructor Application</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 10<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>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></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20291-22-004<br></p>
SFST Class - Redwood CitySFST Class - Redwood City4/10/2023 3:00:00 PM4/13/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Sarah Hathaway via e-mail at shathaway@smcgov.org. For questions, please call (650) 573-2545.1300 Maple Street, Redwood City CA 94063 Wet Lab @ 1601 Coyote Point Training Center 1601 Coyote Pt. Rd San Mateo CA 94401<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-075<br></p>
SFST Class - NapaSFST Class - Napa4/10/2023 3:00:00 PM4/13/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to randy Brunson via e-mail randy.brunson@chp.ca.gov. For questions, please call (916) 843-3344.Napa PD 1539 First St. Napa, CA 94558<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-073<br></p>
SFST Class – Livermore SFST Class – Livermore4/13/2023 3:00:00 PM4/15/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the CHP 522, Training Request form and return it to Keith Tse at ktse@livermoreca.gov. For more information please call (925) 371-4779.Livermoore PD, Community Room 1110 S Liverore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 16<br></p><p>Fee: No </p><p>Wet Lab: No </p><p>Pre-Requisites: None </p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-083<br></p>
SFST Class - NovatoSFST Class - Novato4/17/2023 3:00:00 PM4/19/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Randy Brunson via email at randy.brunson@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-3344.Novato PD, 909 Machin Ave. Novato, CA 94945<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max class size: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-080<br></p>
SFST Class - LivermoreSFST Class - Livermore4/25/2023 3:00:00 PM4/27/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Keith Tse via e-mail at ktse@livermoreca.gov. For questions, please e-mail or call (925) 371-4779.Livermoore PD, Community Room 1110 S Liverore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 16<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-084<br></p>
SFST Class -Newport BeachSFST Class -Newport Beach4/26/2023 3:00:00 PM4/29/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to William Hume via e-mail at hmiller@nbpd.org. For more information, please call (949) 644-3687.Newport Beach PD - 870 Santa Barbara Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92660<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-068<br></p>
SFST Class - WoodlandSFST Class - Woodland5/3/2023 3:00:00 PM5/5/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Randy Brunson via e-mail at randy.brunson@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-3344.Woodland Police Dpt. 1000 Lincoln Ave. Woodland CA 95695<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-072<br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - GlendaleSFST Instructor Class - Glendale7/10/2023 3:00:00 PM7/15/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, complete a CHP 522, Training Request form along with the SFST Instsructor Application. E-mail both along with your SFST certificate to Michael Phillips at michphillips@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360.Glendale Police Dpt. 131 N. Isabel St. Glendale, CA 91206<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 10<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: SFST<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20291-23-001<br></p><p><br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - Folsom SFST Instructor Class - Folsom 8/14/2023 3:00:00 PM8/19/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, complete a CHP 522, Training Request form along with the SFST Instructor Application. E-mail both along with your SFST certificate to Michael Phillips at michphillips@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360. Folsom PD - 46 Natoma Street Folsom, CA 95630<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 10<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: SFST<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20291-23-002<br></p><p><br></p>
SFST Class - Redwood CitySFST Class - Redwood City9/25/2023 3:00:00 PM9/28/2023 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Sarah Hathaway via e-mail at shathaway@smcgov.org. For questions, please e-mail or call (650) 573-2545.1300 Maple Street, Redwood City CA 94063 Wet Lab @ 1601 Coyote Point Training Center 1601 Coyote Pt. Rd San Mateo CA 94401<p>This class is full but there is a wait list available.<br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 15<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p> Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-23-001<br></p>

 

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