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 - OxnardSFST Class - Oxnard10/27/2021 3:00:00 PM10/30/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Jose Diaz via e-mail jose.diaz@oxnardpd.org. For questions, please call (805) 385-7749.3001 Sturgis Road Oxnard, CA 93030<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: 1270-20290-21-036<br></p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Gilroy***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Gilroy11/1/2021 3:00:00 PM11/3/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Jaime Rios via e-mail jrios@chp.ca.gov. For questions, please call (805) 732-9288.Gilroy Police Dpt. 7301 Hanna St. Gilroy, CA <p>​***CLASS IS FULL***</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: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Leb: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-031<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>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Riverside***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Riverside11/8/2021 4:00:00 PM11/11/2021 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Jeff Derouin via e-mail at jderouin@riversideca.gov. For questions, please e-mail or call (951) 295-7119.10540 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505/Upstairs Training Room<p>​*** CLASS IS FULL***</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: 1270-1270-20290-035<br></p>
SFST Class - Santa RosaSFST Class - Santa Rosa11/30/2021 4:00:00 PM12/2/2021 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Lori Tomsky via e-mail LTomsky@srcity.org. For questions, please call (707) 543-3585.City of Snata Rosa Utility Field Operations Bldg., 35 Stony Point Rd. Santa Rosa CA 95401<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</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21032<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>
*** CLASS IS FULL***SFST Instructor Class - Newport Beach*** CLASS IS FULL***SFST Instructor Class - Newport Beach12/6/2021 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>​***CLASS IS FULL***<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: 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>
SFST Class - PlacervilleSFST Class - Placerville12/13/2021 4:00:00 PM12/16/2021 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Robert Smith via e-mail at rosmith@chp.ca.gov. For questions, please e-mail or call (916) 843-4392.Shingle Springs Tribal Admin Building, 5281 Hompie Rd. Placerville, CA 95667<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: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-038<br></p>
SFST Class - Newport BeachSFST Class - Newport Beach2/15/2022 4:00:00 PM2/18/2022 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to William Hume via e-mail at whume@nbpd.org. For questions, please call (949) 644-3682.1600 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: 30<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-037<br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - RiversideSFST Instructor Class - Riverside2/28/2022 4:00:00 PM3/5/2022 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) 843-4360Riverside PD - Magnolia Station, 10540 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505<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<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: SFST<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20291-003<br></p><p><br></p>

 

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