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 - 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 - San Luis ObispoSFST Class - San Luis Obispo9/29/2020 3:00:00 PM10/2/2020 12:00:00 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 Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 20<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-022</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 Annette Romero via e-mail at annette.romero@cityofgilroy.org. For questions, please call (408) 846-0377.Gilroy PD - 7301 Hanna Street, Gilroy, CA 95020<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 18<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-006</p>
***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Instructor Class - Newport Beach ***CLASS IS FULL***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" 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: 1270-20291-20-002</p>
SFST Class - OntarioSFST Class - Ontario1/25/2021 4:00:00 PM1/27/2021 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to William Mlodzinski via e-mail at wmlodzinski@ontariopolice.org. For questions, please call (909) 408-1583.Ontario PD, Community Room, 2500 S. Archibald Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 24<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No <br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-024</p>
SFST Instructor Class – Riverside SFST Instructor Class – Riverside 3/1/2021 4:00:00 PM3/6/2021 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please complete a CHP 522, 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 Police Department - 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: 1270-20291-20-004</p>
SFST Instructor Class - FolsomSFST Instructor Class - Folsom5/3/2021 3:00:00 PM5/8/2021 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.Folsom PD, 46 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA 95630<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: 1270-20291-20-005</p>

 

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