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

 

 

SFST Class - Chula VistaSFST Class - Chula Vista12/11/2018 3:00:00 PM12/14/2018 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Justine Talavera at jtalavera@chulavistapd.org. For more information please call (619) 476-2334.Chula Vista PD, 315 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 24</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-18-047</p>
SFST Class - Los AngelesSFST Class - Los Angeles1/7/2019 3:00:00 PM1/10/2019 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Aaron Percy at aspercy@lasd.org. For more information please call (323) 890-5438.Biscailuz Center, Classroom A-2, 1060 North Eastern Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90063<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 25</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-18-049</p>
SFST Class - Simi ValleySFST Class - Simi Valley1/7/2019 4:00:00 PM1/10/2019 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Tena Curts at tcurts@simivalley.org. For more information please call (805) 583-6942.Simi Valley PD EOC, 3901 Alamo Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form</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: 1270-20290-18-038</p>
SFST Class - ModestoSFST Class - Modesto1/10/2019 4:00:00 PM1/12/2019 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Douglas Adams via e-mail at dadams@stanislaussheriff.com. For more information please call (209) 595-0642. Stanislaus SO, 250 East Hackett Road, Modesto, CA 95351, Room 152<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 25</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-18-043</p>
***DATE CHANGE***SFST Class - Ontario***DATE CHANGE***SFST Class - Ontario1/30/2019 4:00:00 PM2/1/2019 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Jonathan Higgins via e-mail at jhiggins@ontariopolice.org. For more information please call (909) 408-1828. Ontario PD, 2500 South Archibald Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761, Community Rooms 1 & 2<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 30</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-18-044</p>
SFST Class - FullertonSFST Class - Fullerton2/6/2019 4:00:00 PM2/9/2019 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Patricia Arevalo at parevalo@fullertonpd.org. For more information please call (714) 738-6749.Fullerton Library, 353 West Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 35</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-18-030</p>
***CLASS IS FULL - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE*** SFST Instructor Class - Riverside***CLASS IS FULL - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE*** SFST Instructor Class - Riverside2/25/2019 4:00:00 PM3/2/2019 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.Riverside PD, Magnolia Station, 10540 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 8</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</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: 1270-20291-18-004 </p>
SFST Class - San DiegoSFST Class - San Diego3/4/2019 4:00:00 PM3/7/2019 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Robert Kinney via e-mail at robert.e.kinney@navy.mil. For more information please call (619) 553-0601. Naval Base Point Loma, Building 123, 123 White Road, San Diego, CA 92106<p>Note: This class will cover extra material.  It is a 3-day class but there will be no wet lab.​</p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 24</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-18-048</p>
SFST Class - RiversideSFST Class - Riverside4/1/2019 3:00:00 PM4/4/2019 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Timothy Roy at troy@riversideca.gov. For more information please call (951) 353-7177.Riverside PD, Magnolia Station, 10540 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 25</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-18-014</p>
SFST Class - Newport BeachSFST Class - Newport Beach4/3/2019 3:00:00 PM4/6/2019 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Mike Striek via e-mail at mstriek@nbpd.org. For questions please call (949) 644-3717. Marina Park, 1600 West Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92663<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form</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: 1270-20291-18-031</p>
SFST Class - Simi ValleySFST Class - Simi Valley4/15/2019 3:00:00 PM4/18/2019 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Tena Curts at tcurts@simivalley.org. For more information please call (805) 583-6942.Simi Valley PD, 3901 Alamo Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form</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: 1270-20290-18-050</p>
SFST Instructor Class - SacramentoSFST Instructor Class - Sacramento5/6/2019 3:00:00 PM5/11/2019 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 North Seventh Street, Sacramento, CA 95811, Classroom TBAD<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 8</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: <a href="/programs-services/for-law-enforcement/drug-recognition-evaluator-program/schedule-of-classes/sfst">SFST</a></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20291-18-005</p>
SFST Class - RiversideSFST Class - Riverside7/8/2019 3:00:00 PM7/11/2019 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the Training Request form and return it to Timothy Roy at troy@riversideca.gov. For more information please call (951) 353-7177.Riverside PD, Magnolia Station, 10540 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 25</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-19-001</p>
SFST Instructor Class - WhittierSFST Instructor Class - Whittier7/15/2019 3:00:00 PM7/20/2019 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.LASD Academy, 11515 Colima Road, Whittier, CA 90604<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">​Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 8</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: <a href="/programs-services/for-law-enforcement/drug-recognition-evaluator-program/schedule-of-classes/sfst">SFST</a></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20291-19-001</p>
SFST Class - Newport BeachSFST Class - Newport Beach9/17/2019 3:00:00 PM9/20/2019 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Mike Striek via e-mail at mstriek@nbpd.org. For questions please call (949) 644-3717. Newport Beach Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form</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: 1270-20291-19-002</p>

 

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