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 Rob Smith, at (916) 843-4392 or rosmith@chp.ca.gov.

 Upcoming SFST Classes

 

 

SFST Class - ReddingSFST Class - Redding5/31/2022 3:00:00 PM6/3/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Mark Montgomery via e-mail at mmontgomery@reddingpolice.com. For questions, please e-mail or call (530) 225-4200.Sheild Training Center 4300 Caterpillar Drive Redding, CA 96003 (class & alcohol workshop)<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>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: Yes<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-21-094<br></p>
SFST Class - San PabloSFST Class - San Pablo5/31/2022 3:00:00 PM6/2/2022 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 send a message to the above address or call (916) 843-4360.San Pablo Police Training Facility, 2300 El Portal Drive, Suite C, San Pablo, CA 94806<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf">Training Request Form </a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 24<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-061<br></p>
SFST Class- OrangeSFST Class- Orange6/6/2022 3:00:00 PM6/9/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522 to Shane Stewart via e-mail at ssstewart@ocsheriff.gov. For more information, please e-mail or call (949) 425-1903.1900 W. Katella Avenue, Orange, CA 92867 Sandra Hutches Regional Law Enforcement Training Center<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: 30<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisities: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-099<br></p>
SFST Class - ChicoSFST Class - Chico6/7/2022 3:00:00 PM6/10/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Joel Schmid via e-mail at joel.schmid@chicoca.gov. For more information, please call (530) 897-4956.1460 Humboldt Rd. Chico, CA 95928 / Training Classroom <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: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-098<br></p>
SFST Class - LivermoreSFST Class - Livermore6/8/2022 3:00:00 PM6/10/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to KeithTse via e-mail at ktse@cityoflivermore.net. For questions, please e-mail or call (925) 371-4779.Livermoore PD, Community Room 1110 S Liverore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request Form</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 14<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-21-085<br></p>
SFST Class- Vandenberg SFBSFST Class- Vandenberg SFB6/13/2022 3:00:00 PM6/16/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to The Impaired Driving Section via e-mail at DRE@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (916) 843-4360.Vandenberg SFB, 278 South Dakota Ave. Vandenberg SFB, CA 93437<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: 30<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-21-090<br></p>
***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Fairfield***CLASS IS FULL*** SFST Class - Fairfield6/20/2022 3:00:00 PM6/23/2022 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) 428-7082.1717 Rex Clift Lane, Fairfield CA 94533<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​</a>***CLASS IS  FULL***<br></p><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: 1270-20290-21-091<br></p>
SFST Class - Riverside*** FULL*** SFST Class - Riverside*** FULL***6/20/2022 3:00:00 PM6/23/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Jeff Derouin via e-mail jderouin@riversideca.gov. For questions, please call (951) 826-8722.10540 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505/Upstairs Training Room<p>***FULL***<br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">Training Request </a></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 CCN: 1270-20290-21-092<br></p>
SFST Class - San PabloSFST Class - San Pablo6/27/2022 3:00:00 PM6/29/2022 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) 843-4360.San Pablo Police 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">Training Request Form</a><br>Max Class Size: 24<br>Fee: No <br>Wet Lab: No<br>Pre-Requisites: None <br>POST CCN: 1270-20290-21-060<br></p>
SFST Class - LivermoreSFST Class - Livermore6/28/2022 3:00:00 PM6/30/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Keith Tse via e-mail ktse@cityoflivermore.net. For questions, please call (925) 371-4779.Livermoore PD, Community Room 1110 S Liverore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550<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: 14<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Leb: No</p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-20-086<br></p>
SFST Class - FullertonSFST Class - Fullerton7/11/2022 3:00:00 PM7/14/2022 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 more information, please call (714) 738-6749.FPD Mural Room, 237 W. Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832<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: 15<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-002<br></p><p><br></p>
SFST Instructor Class – GlendaleSFST Instructor Class – Glendale7/18/2022 3:00:00 PM7/23/2022 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 Robert Smith at rosmith@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360131 N. Isabel St. Glendale, CA 91206<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">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: 8<br></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: 1270-20291-22-001<br></p>
SFST Class - Hayward SFST Class - Hayward8/8/2022 3:30:00 PM8/10/2022 12:30:00 AMTo register for this class, or for questions, please submit a CHP 522, Training Request to Jared Carter via e-mail at jared.carter@hayward-ca.gov. Hayward Police Dpt. 300 W. Winton Ave. Hayward, CA 94544<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</p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-006<br></p>
SFST Class- OceansideSFST Class- Oceanside8/15/2022 3:00:00 PM8/18/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to jeffrey Killion via e-mail at jkillion@oceansideca.org. For more information, please call (760) 435-4615.Courtyard by Marriott, 3501 Seagate Way, Oceanside CA 92056<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<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre- Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-001<br></p>
SFST Class - Redwood CitySFST Class - Redwood City8/29/2022 3:00:00 PM9/1/2022 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 e-mail or call (650) 573-2545.1300 Maple Street, Redwood City CA 94063 Wet Lab @ 1601 Coyote Point Training Center 1601 Coyote Pt. Rd San Mateo CA 94401<p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">​</a><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">CHP 522, Training Request</a></p><p>Max Class Size: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No</p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None</p><p>POST CCN: 1270-20290-22-004<br></p>
SFST Instructor Class - Folsom SFST Instructor Class - Folsom 8/29/2022 3:00:00 PM9/3/2022 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 Robert Smith at rosmith@chp.ca.gov. For questions call (916) 843-4360Folsom PD - 46 Natoma Street Folsom, CA 95630<p>T<a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/Training%20Request%20066%20Rev%202-18.pdf" target="_blank">raining Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p><a href="/ImpairedDrivingSite/Documents/SFST%20Instructor%20Form.pdf">SFST Instructor Form.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 16</p><p>Fee: No<br>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: SFST<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20291-22-002<br></p>
SFST Class - Newport BeachSFST Class - Newport Beach9/20/2022 3:00:00 PM9/23/2022 12:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a CHP 522, Training Request form to Nickalis Carr via e-mail Hmiller@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" target="_blank">Training Request 066 Rev 2-18.pdf</a><br></p><p>Max Class Size: 30<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: Yes<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-003<br></p>
SFST Class - GilroySFST Class - Gilroy11/14/2022 4:00:00 PM11/16/2022 1:00:00 AMTo register for this class please submit a Training Request form to Jaime Rios via e-mail at Jrios@chp.ca.gov. For more information, please call (831) 770-8000.Gilroy Police Dpt. 7301 Hanna St. Gilroy, CA <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: 25<br></p><p>Fee: No<br></p><p>Wet Lab: No<br></p><p>Pre-Requisites: None<br></p><p>POST CNN: 1270-20290-22-007<br></p>

 

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