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 Randy Brunson at (916) 843-3344 or Randy.Brunson@chp.ca.gov. 

 Upcoming SFST Classes

 

 

SFST Class- Huntington BeachSFST Class- Huntington Beach5/22/2024 3:00:00 PM5/24/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the CHP 522, Training Request form and return it to Cameron Houlston at LHunter@hbpd.org. For more information please call (714) 536-5629.Huntington Beach Senior Center- 18041 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 30<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-23-079<br></p>
SFST Class - BakersfieldSFST Class - Bakersfield5/28/2024 3:00:00 PM5/30/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Justin Enns via e-mail at Jenns@bakersfieldpd.us. For questions, please call (661) 706-9674.1301 Buena Vista Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93311 (West Substation Conference Room)<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>CCN: 1270-20290-23-019<br></p>
SFST Class- Mill ValleySFST Class- Mill Valley5/28/2024 3:00:00 PM5/30/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Bryant Daugherty via e-mail at BDaugherty@cityofmillvalley.org. For questions, please call (415) 389-4100.1 Hamilton Dr., Mill Valley, CA 94941<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request </a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 14<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-23-104<br></p>
SFST Class - San DimasSFST Class - San Dimas5/28/2024 3:00:00 PM5/30/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Debra Iketani via e-mail at DLiketan@lasd.org. For questions, please send a message to the above address or call (909) 450-2700.San Dimas Sheriff's Station- 270 S Walnut Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request Form </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: 1270-20290-23-110<br></p>
SFST Class - Santa MonicaSFST Class - Santa Monica6/3/2024 2:00:00 PM6/5/2024 11:00:00 PMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Lantz Lewis via e-mail at lantz.lewis@santamonica.gov. For more information, please call (310) 458-8993. Santa Monica Instititute, Meeting Room, 330 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica, CA 90401<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br></p><p>Max Class: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 2510-20290-23-002<br></p>
***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Class - Orange***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Class - Orange6/12/2024 3:00:00 PM6/15/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Elliot Rubright via e-mail at Erubright@ocsheriff.gov. For questions, please call (714) 425-1880.1900 W. Katella Avenue, Orange, CA 92867 (Sandra Hutchens Regional Law Enforcement Training Center)<p>***THIS CLASS IS FULL***<br></p><p><a href="https://chp2go.sharepoint.com/sites/Starpoint/Forms/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?id=/sites/Starpoint/Forms/Shared%20Documents/loadforms/Chp522.pdf&parent=/sites/Starpoint/Forms/Shared%20Documents/loadforms" target="_blank">Training Request</a> <br></p><p>Max Class Size: 30</p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-23-092<br></p>
SFST Class - SalinasSFST Class - Salinas6/17/2024 3:00:00 PM6/20/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Seth Morten via e-mail at SethM@ci.salinas.ca.us. For questions, please call (209) 456-0185.Salinas Police Department- 312 E. Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-23-100<br></p>
SFST Class - OceansideSFST Class - Oceanside6/18/2024 3:00:00 PM6/20/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, please submit a Training Request form to Kelly Christian via e-mail at CaKelly@oceansideca.org. For questions, please call (760) 435-4399.Oceanside Police Department- 3855 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92058 (California Room)<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-23-105<br></p>
SFST Class - VisaliaSFST Class - Visalia6/18/2024 3:00:00 PM6/20/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Robert Gilson via e-mail at Robert.Gilson@Visalia.city. For questions, please call (559) 713-4214.Visalia Police Department- 4100 S County Center, Visalia, CA 93277<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request </a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 30<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-23-111<br></p>
SFST Class - Simi ValleySFST Class - Simi Valley6/19/2024 3:00:00 PM6/22/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please complete the CHP 522, Training Request form and return it to Kathi Borovay at KBorovay@simivalley.org. For more information please call (805) 583-6942.Simi Valley Police Department EOC, 3901 Alamo Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-23-113<br></p>
SFST Class - San Luis Obispo SFST Class - San Luis Obispo 6/24/2024 3:00:00 PM6/26/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to George Berriors via e-mail GBerrios@slocity.org. For questions, please call (805) 781-7341.864 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-23-075<br><br></p>
SFST Class - LemooreSFST Class - Lemoore6/25/2024 3:00:00 PM6/27/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Matt Halvorson via e-mail at MHalvorson@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (559) 705-2200. Naval Air Station (Lemore Training Bldg.)- 730 Enterprise Ave, Lemoore, CA 93246<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 20<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-23-099<br></p>
***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Instructor Class - Glendale ***CLASS IS FULL***SFST Instructor Class - Glendale 7/8/2024 3:00:00 PM7/12/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, complete a CHP 522, Training Request form, along with the SFST Instsructor Application. E-mail both along with your SFST certificate to Michael Phillips at michphillips@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360. Glendale PD - 131 N. Isabel Street, Glendale, CA 91206<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a><br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/SFST%20Instructor%20Form.pdf" target="_blank">SFST Instructor Application</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 10<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></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><br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20291-24-001<br></p>
SFST Class - LincolnSFST Class - Lincoln7/8/2024 3:00:00 PM7/10/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Randy Brunson via e-mail at Randy.Brunson@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-3344.Lincoln City Library (Willow Room)- 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA 95648<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-24-004<br></p>
SFST Class - WhittierSFST Class - Whittier7/15/2024 2:00:00 PM7/16/2024 11:00:00 PMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Aaron Percy via e-mail at Aspercy@lasd.org. For questions, please call (323) 803-8047. 11515 S Colima Rd. (Classroom SW-108), Whittier, CA 90604<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 30<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-24-007<br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - FolsomSFST Instructor Class - Folsom8/5/2024 3:00:00 PM8/10/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class, complete a CHP 522, Training Request form along with the SFST Instructor Application. E-mail both along with your SFST certificate to Michael Phillips at michphillips@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360.Folsom Police Department Training Room- 46 Natoma Street Folsom, CA 95630<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​CHP 522, Training Request</a><br></p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=506fa83b-857f-418e-a7b0-86fc2aad06f0" target="_blank">SFST Instructor Application</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 10<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: SFST<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20291-24-002<br></p><p><br></p>
SFST Class - San BernardinoSFST Class - San Bernardino8/8/2024 2:00:00 PM8/8/2024 11:00:00 PMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Jarred Heim via e-mail at Heim_Ja@sbcity.org. For more information, please call (909) 384-5791.San Bernardino Police Department- 710 N. D Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401 (Main Training Room)<p>​<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request 066</a><br></p><p>Max Class: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-24-005<br></p>
SFST Class - OrangeSFST Class - Orange8/26/2024 3:00:00 PM8/29/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Elliot Rubright via e-mail at Erubright@ocsheriff.gov. For questions, please call (714) 425-1880.1900 W. Katella Avenue, Orange, CA 92867 (Sandra Hutchens Regional Law Enforcement Training Center)<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form </a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-24-003<br></p>
SFST Class - Redwood CitySFST Class - Redwood City8/26/2024 3:00:00 PM8/29/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Sarah Hathaway via e-mail Shathaway@smcgov.org. For questions, please call (650) 573-2545. 1300 Maple Street, Redwood City, CA 94063 (MSCC Training Room)<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​Training Request </a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-24-002<br></p>
SFST Class - GilroySFST Class - Gilroy10/21/2024 3:00:00 PM10/23/2024 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Annette Romero via email at Annette.Romero@cityofgilroy.org. For more information, please call (408) 846-0377.Gilroy Police Department- 7301 Hanna St., Gilroy, CA 95020<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 35<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-24-001<br></p>

 

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