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

 

 

***CORRECTED***SFST Class - San Pablo***CORRECTED***SFST Class - San Pablo5/10/2021 3:00:00 PM5/12/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Travis Herbert via e-mail at therbert@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-4359.San Pablo Police Department, Training Facility, 2300 El Portal Drive, Suite C, San Pablo, CA 94806<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: 1270-20290-20-047</p>
SFST Class - LA County Sheriff's DepartmentSFST Class - LA County Sheriff's Department5/17/2021 2:00:00 PM5/18/2021 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) 890-5438.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</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-070<br></p>
SFST Class - Rancho CordovaSFST Class - Rancho Cordova5/17/2021 3:00:00 PM5/19/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Travis Herbert via e-mail at therbert@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-4359.Rancho Cordova PD, Larry Canfield Room, 2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 24<br>Fee: No<br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None<br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-062</p>
*** CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Fairfield*** CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Fairfield5/17/2021 3:00:00 PM5/20/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Christopher Beck via e-mail at cbeck@fairfield.ca.gov. For questions, please call (707) 428-7082.Fairfield PD, 1717 Rex Clift Lane, Fairfield, CA 94533<p>***CLASS IS FULL***<br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a><br>Max Class Size: 30<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes  <br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-050</p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class- Fullerton***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class- Fullerton5/19/2021 3:00:00 PM5/22/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Patricia Arevalo-Odom via e-mail at parevalo@fullertonpd.org. . For questions, please call (714) 738-6749.Fullerton Library Conference Center, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave Fullerton, CA 92832<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: 15<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-073<br></p>
SFST Class- LancasterSFST Class- Lancaster5/24/2021 2:00:00 PM5/25/2021 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) 803-8047.Lancaster Sheriff's Station, 501 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534<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<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-072<br></p>
SFST Class - Santa CruzSFST Class - Santa Cruz6/1/2021 3:00:00 PM6/3/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Sam Courtney via e-mail at scourtney@chp.ca.gov. For questions, please email or call (831) 840-1371. Santa Cruz Police Dpt., Community Rm- 155 Center St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060<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</p><p>Pre-Requisites: No<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-078<br></p>
SFST Class - RichmondSFST Class - Richmond6/7/2021 3:00:00 PM6/9/2021 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 questions, please call (916) 843-4359.Richmond PD, 1701 Regatta Boulevard, Richmond, CA 94801<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: 1270-20290-20-051</p>
SFST Class - BuelltonSFST Class - Buellton6/8/2021 3:00:00 PM6/10/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Jeffrey Farmer via e-mail at JLF3077@sbsheriff.org. For more information, please call (805) 961-7514.67 Commerce Drive Ste#102 Buellton, CA 93427<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</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-076<br></p>
SFST Class - RiversideSFST Class - Riverside6/8/2021 3:00:00 PM6/11/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Jeff Derouin via e-mail at jderouin@riversideca.gov. For more information, please call (951) 295-7119.10540 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505/Upstairs Training Room<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: Yes</p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-081<br></p>
SFST Class - LA County Sheriff's DepartmentSFST Class - LA County Sheriff's Department6/14/2021 2:00:00 PM6/15/2021 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) 890-5438.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</p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-071<br></p><p><br></p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Simi Valley***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Simi Valley6/14/2021 3:00:00 PM6/17/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Rachel Myers via email at rmyers@simivalley.org; cbaker@simivalley.org. For more information, please call (805) 583-6942. Simi Valley Police Department, EOC 3901 Alamo Street Simi Valley, CA 93063<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: 24<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-066<br></p>
SFST Class - Laguna NiguelSFST Class - Laguna Niguel6/21/2021 3:00:00 PM6/24/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Scott Merrill via e-mail at sjmerrill@ocsd.org. For questions, please send a message to the above address or call (714) 732-0100.29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677- Crown Valley Community Center<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: Yes</p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-079<br></p>
SFST Class- OrangeSFST Class- Orange6/21/2021 3:00:00 PM6/24/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522 to Amy Carr via e-mail at acarr@orangepd.org. For more information, please e-mail or call (714) 744-7341.1107 N Batavia St, Orange, CA 92867 (EOC)<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: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisities: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-068<br></p>
SFST Class - StocktonSFST Class - Stockton6/22/2021 3:00:00 PM6/24/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete a CHP 522, Trianing Request form and e-mail it to sean.mcpherson@stocktonca.gov. For more information, please call (209) 503-9007.22 E. Weber Ave #166 Stockton, CA 95202<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: 12<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-074<br></p>
SFST Class - BuelltonSFST Class - Buellton6/22/2021 3:00:00 PM6/24/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Jeffrey Farmer via e-mail at JLF3077@sbsheriff.org. For more information, please call (805) 961-7514.67 Commerce Drive Ste#102 Buellton, CA 93427<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 15</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre- Requisites: None</p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-077​</p>
SFST Class - LA County Sheriff's DepartmentSFST Class - LA County Sheriff's Department7/5/2021 2:00:00 PM7/6/2021 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) 890-5438.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: 1270-20290-21-005<br></p>
***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Instructor Class - Glendale***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Instructor Class - Glendale7/26/2021 3:00:00 PM7/31/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please complete a CHP 522, Training Request form and SFST instructor application and e-mail them along with your SFST certificate to Gary Martens at gmartens@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360. Glendale PD, 131 N. Isabel Street, Glendale, CA 91206<p>***CLASS IS FULL***</p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/SFST%20Instructor%20Form.pdf" target="_blank">SFST Instructor Application</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: 1270-20291-21-001</p>
SFST Class - San CarlosSFST Class - San Carlos8/2/2021 3:00:00 PM8/5/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Sarah Hathawat 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></p><p>MAx Class Size: 20</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes*</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-21-002</p><p>*will be held at another location</p>
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 - 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 - Newport Beach 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">​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 - 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>

 

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