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- LA County Sheriff's DepartmentSFST Class- LA County Sheriff's Department8/16/2021 2:00:00 PM8/17/2021 11:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Aaron Percy via e-mail at aspercy@lasd.org. For more information, please call (323) 890-5438.Biscailuz Trainning Center (BC) 1060 N Eastern Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90063<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: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-006<br></p>
SFST Class - PomonaSFST Class - Pomona8/17/2021 3:00:00 PM8/20/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Cesar Rivera via e-mail at Cesar_Rivera@ci.Pomona.ca.us OR Karen_Meza@ci.Pomona.ca.us. For questions, please e-mail or call (909) 620-3619.1702 First Street, Pomona, CA 91766<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: 15<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-029<br></p>
SFST Class - Rancho CordovaSFST Class - Rancho Cordova8/24/2021 3:00:00 PM8/26/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Rob Smith via e-mail at rosmith@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-4392.Rancho Cordova Police Dpt. 2897 Kilgor Rd. Rancho Cordova, CA 95670- Larry Canfield Rm<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: 24<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-012<br></p>
SFST Class - FolsomSFST Class - Folsom8/26/2021 3:00:00 PM8/28/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Robert Smith via e-mail at Rosmith@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-4392.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: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: None<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-008<br></p><p><br></p>
SFST Class - RidgecrestSFST Class - Ridgecrest8/30/2021 3:00:00 PM9/1/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Robert Smith via e-mail at rosmtih@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-4392.NAWS China Lake, NAWS Conference Center Building 00874 Ridgecrest, CA (Students will be emailed specific instructions)<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: 35<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-015<br></p>
SFST Class - FullertonSFST Class - Fullerton8/30/2021 3:00:00 PM9/2/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Patricia Arevalo via e-mail atparevalo@fullertonpd.org. For questions, please e-mail or call (714) 738-6749.Fullerton Mural Rm, 237 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832<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</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-022<br></p>
SFST Class - MercedSFST Class - Merced9/2/2021 3:00:00 PM9/4/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Levi Crain via e-mail crainl@cityofmerced.org. For questions, please call (209) 777-9471.Merced Police Dpt. Central Station Classroom (611 W. 22nd Street, Merced CA 95340<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: 15<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-023<br></p>
SFST Class - Los AngelesSFST Class - Los Angeles9/6/2021 2:00:00 PM9/7/2021 11:00:00 PMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Aaron Percy via e-mail at aspercy@lasd.org. For more information, please call (323) 890-5400.Biscailuz Trainning Center (Classroom A-2) 1060 N Eastern Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90063<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: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-018<br></p>
SFST Class - RichmondSFST Class - Richmond9/6/2021 3:00:00 PM9/8/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Travis Herbert via e-mail at therbert@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-4359.Richmond PD, 1701 Regatta Boulevard, Richmond, CA 94804<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</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: 1270-20290-21-001</p>
SFST Class - MercedSFST Class - Merced9/13/2021 3:00:00 PM9/15/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Levi Crain via e-mail crainl@cityofmerced.org. For more information, please call (209) 777-9471.Merced Police Dpt. Central Station Classroom (611 W. 22nd Street, Merced CA 95340<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: 15<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-024<br></p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Newport Beach ***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Newport Beach 9/15/2021 3:00:00 PM9/18/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form along with your SFST certificate to William Hume via e-mail at kgreathouse@nbpd.org. For more information, please e-mail or call (949) 644-3663.Marina Park, 1600 West Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​</a>***CLASS IS FULL***<br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 30<br>Fee: No<br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None<br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-21-004</p>
SFST Class - Beverly HillsSFST Class - Beverly Hills9/23/2021 2:00:00 PM9/25/2021 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, please e-mail or call (805) 217-0370.464 North Rexford Dr., Bevery Hills, CA 90210<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: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-027<br></p>
SFST Class - San CarlosSFST Class - San Carlos9/27/2021 3:00:00 PM9/30/2021 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.San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA 94070<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: 1270-20290-21-003</p><p>*will be held at another location</p>
SFST Class - Los AngelesSFST Class - Los Angeles10/4/2021 2:00:00 PM10/5/2021 11:00:00 PMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Aaron Percy via e-mail at aspercy@lasd.org. For more information, please call (323) 890-5400.Biscailuz Trainning Center (Classroom A-2) 1060 N Eastern Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90063<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: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-019<br></p>
SFST Class- Los Angeles SFST Class- Los Angeles 11/8/2021 3:00:00 PM11/10/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Aaron Percy via e-mail at aspercy@lasd.org. For more information, please call (323) 890-5400.Biscailuz Trainning Center (Classroom A-2) 1060 N Eastern Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90063<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: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-020<br></p>
SFST Class - Los AngelesSFST Class - Los Angeles12/6/2021 3:00:00 PM12/8/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Aaron Percy via e-mail at aspercy@lasd.org. For more information, please call (323) 890-5400.Biscailuz Trainning Center (Classroom A-2) 1060 N Eastern Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90063<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: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-021<br></p>
SFST Instructor ClassSFST Instructor Class12/6/2021 4:00:00 PM12/11/2021 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- 1600 W. Balboa Blvd. Newport Beach, CA 92663<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: 8<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: SFST<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20291-21-002<br></p>

 

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