Standardized Field Sobriety Testing


DUI Detection and Standardized Sobriety Testing (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 impaired driving.

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 statewide.

For more information contact:
Jeff Collier, State DEC Program Coordinator, KHP
785-577-5373
620-223-6077