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 - Long BeachSFST Class - Long Beach11/30/2020 4:00:00 PM12/3/2020 2:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Shaleana Benson via e-mail at shaleana.benson@longbeach.gov. For questions, please call (562) 570-9809.FSD Motor Squad Room, 3205 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90808<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">CHP 522, Training Request Form</a><br>Max Class Size: 24<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-034</p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - San Pablo***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - San Pablo12/2/2020 4:00:00 PM12/5/2020 1:00:00 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 Center, 2300 El Portal Drive, Suite C, San Pablo, CA 94806<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​</a>***CLASS IS FULL***</p><p>Training Request Form <br>Max Class Size: 10<br>Fee: No<br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None<br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-027</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>
***CLASS IS FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY*** SFST Class - ***LOCATION CHANGE*** Placerville***CLASS IS FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY*** SFST Class - ***LOCATION CHANGE*** Placerville12/7/2020 4:00:00 PM12/10/2020 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please submit a CHP 522, Training Request to Rob Smith via e-mail at rosmith@chp.ca.gov. For questions, please e-mail Office Smith.CHANGED from Diamond Springs: El Dorado Sheriff's Office, 200 Industrial Drive, Placerville, CA 95667<p>***CLASS IS FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY*** </p><p>***LOCATION CHANGE***</p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 16</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-028</p>
SFST Class - GardenaSFST Class - Gardena12/9/2020 4:00:00 PM12/11/2020 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Evan Jackson via e-mail at ejackson@gardenapd.org. For questions, please call (310) 217-9670.Ken Nakaoka Community Center, 1670 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 20</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-035</p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Santa Rosa***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Santa Rosa12/15/2020 4:00:00 PM12/17/2020 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Lori Tomsky via e-mail at ltomsky@srcity.org. For questions, please call (707) 543-3585.City of Santa Rosa Utility Field Operations, 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401<p>***CLASS IS FULL***</p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br>Max Class Size: 25<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No <br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-029</p>
SFST Class – SalinasSFST Class – Salinas1/11/2021 4:00:00 PM1/13/2021 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the CHP 522, Training Request form and return it to Jaime Rios at jrios@chp.ca.gov. For more information please call (805) 732-9288.Salinas Police Department, 312 E. Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">Training Request Form </a></p><p>Max Class Size: 12 </p><p>Fee: No </p><p>Wet Lab: No </p><p>Pre-Requisites: None </p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-032</p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Ontario***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST 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>***CLASS IS FULL***</p><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>
***CLASS IS FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY*** SFST Class - Folsom***CLASS IS FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY*** SFST Class - Folsom1/25/2021 4:30:00 PM1/28/2021 1:30:00 AMTo register for this class, or for questions, please submit a CHP 522, Training Request to Rob Smith via e-mail at rosmith@chp.ca.gov. Folsom PD, 46 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA 95630<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​</a>***CLASS IS FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY***</p><p>CHP 522, Training Request</p><p>Max Class Size: 20</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-036</p>
SFST Class - ChicoSFST Class - Chico1/26/2021 4:00:00 PM1/29/2021 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Joel Schmid via e-mail at joel.schmid@chicoca.gov. For questions, please call (530) 897-4956.Chico PD Fire Training Center, 1460 Humboldt Road, Chico, CA 95928<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​CHP 522, Training Request</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: 1270-20290-20-037</p>
***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Instructor Class – Riverside ***CLASS IS FULL***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>***CLASS IS FULL***<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank"></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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