DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety
(SFST) Basic Course.
Every year, impaired drivers cause thousands of
traffic deaths and injuries. Law enforcement officers play a leading role
in getting these drivers off our roads. The SFST course gives law enforcement
the skills needed in detecting impaired drivers and administering a series
of test to determine if there is evidence of impairment. This course was
developed by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) and approved by the International Association
of Chiefs of Police (IACP). National standards have been established by
IACP to ensure consistency in the content, delivery, and application of
this training program. The NHTSA/IACP basic course is the only curriculum
that meets these standards. This 24-hour course consists primarily of hands-on
training utilizing volunteers who consume alcohol. Participants learn:
- How to recognize behavior that points towards
- The importance of the SFST battery and how to
properly administer the tests.
- When to make a DUI arrest.
- How to write accurate and detailed reports.
- How to give clear and convincing testimony.
The Kansas Department of Transportation provides
funding to facilitate SFST training to local law enforcement officers
For more information contact:
Jeff Collier, State DEC Program Coordinator, KHP