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

 

 

***CLASS IS FULL***LOCATION CHANGE***SFST Instructor Class – Rialto***CLASS IS FULL***LOCATION CHANGE***SFST Instructor Class – Rialto3/1/2021 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.Rialto PD, 429 W. Rialto Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376<p>***CLASS IS FULL***</p><p>***LOCATION CHANGE****</p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">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: 1270-20291-20-004</p>
SFST Class - Arroyo GrandeSFST Class - Arroyo Grande3/4/2021 4:00:00 PM3/6/2021 1:00:00 AMFor questions, or to register for this class, please submit a Training Request form to Jeremy Burns via e-mail at jburns@arroyogrande.org.Arroyo Grande Women's Club Community Center, 211 Vernon Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420<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: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-048</p>
SFST Class - ReddingSFST Class - Redding3/17/2021 3:00:00 PM3/20/2021 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 questions, please send a message to the above address (preferred) or call (916) 843-4392.SHIELD RTC, Classroom 2, 4300 Caterpillar Road, Redding, CA 96003<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: 1270-20290-20-053</p>
SFST Class - Laguna NiguelSFST Class - Laguna Niguel3/29/2021 3:00:00 PM4/1/2021 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 e-mail or call (949) 425-1903.Crown Valley Community Center, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677<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: 1270-20290-20-060</p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Santa Rosa***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Santa Rosa4/7/2021 3:00:00 PM4/9/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Lori Tomsky via e-mail at ltomsky@srcity.org. For questions, please e-mail or call (707) 543-3585.City of Santa Rosa Utility Operations Building, 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401<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: 25<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-055</p>
SFST Class - San CarlosSFST Class - San Carlos4/12/2021 3:00:00 PM4/15/2021 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, 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></p><p>Max Class Size: 20</p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes*</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-20-052</p><p>*will be held at another location</p>
SFST Class - Cathedral CitySFST Class - Cathedral City4/19/2021 3:00:00 PM4/21/2021 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 e-mail or call (916) 843-4359.Cathedral City PD, 68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City, CA 92234 <p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​CHP 522, Training Request</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: 1270-20290-20-058</p>
SFST Class - Rancho CordovaSFST Class - Rancho Cordova4/26/2021 3:00:00 PM4/28/2021 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 questions, please call (916) 843-4359.Rancho Cordova PD, Canfield Room, 2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670<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: 1270-20290-20-049</p>
***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Instructor Class - Folsom***CLASS IS FULL***SFST 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 SFST instructor application aand e-mail them 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">​​</a>***CLASS IS FULL***</p><p>Training Request Form <br><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/SFST%20Instructor%20Form.pdf">SFST Instructor Application</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 8 <br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No <br>Pre-Requisites: SFST <br>POST CCN: 1270-20291-20-005</p>
***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 - FairfieldSFST 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><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>
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>
***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 - 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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