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Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)/Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Instructor Development Course

Course Description:  This five-day course is intended to teach Patrol Troopers, Municipal Officers, and Law Enforcement Officers how to prepare, instruct, and administer the various National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests courses, particularly the controlled drinking practice sessions.   Students will be taken out of their comfort zone and will be assigned a variety of classroom presentations to build upon each student's ability to promote effective participation, feedback, integration, and presentation of course material. Students should be aware that the course involves homework. As per NHTSA, students will be required to score 80%, or higher, on the written examination (16/20 questions) and successfully demonstrate/complete each SFST properly and in its entirety. 

Equipment Needed: 

    • Business casual attire.
    • Note taking materials.

Instructional Hours:  5 Days/40 Hours

Instructional Objectives:  After completion, the student will be able to:

    • Explain, define, and demonstrate the following for effective teaching:
      • Effectively teaching and providing effective feedback to learners.
      • Effective instruction principles & learning environments.
      • SFST Curriculum Package.
      • Effective Feedback, Coaching, and Proficiencies.
      • Effectively Promoting Participation and Interaction.
      • Dealing with Training Challenges.
      • Developing and Using Training Aids.
      • Effective Classroom Presentations.
      • Planning & Managing a Live Alcohol Workshop.
    • Explain the involvement of impaired driving in traffic crashes, deaths and injuries, both nationally and within the participants' state(s)
    • Explain and list the concept of general deterrence of DWI, and evidence of the effectiveness of deterrence in reducing impaired driving
    • Explain the laws governing DWI and its enforcement within the participants' state(s).
    • Explain and list the concept of detection as a three-phased process, with specific evidence gathering and decision-making tasks in each phase.
    • Explain the kinds of evidence of alcohol impairment typically associated with each phase of detection.
    • Define and describe the concepts and principles of divided attention (psychophysical) testing.
    • Describe and demonstrate the concepts and principles of Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) testing.
    • List all the clues for each SFST battery.
    • Demonstrate each of the three evaluations in the SFST battery and explain each stage.
    • Explain and proficiently complete each step during the Participant Proficiency Examination – SFSTs in accordance with NHTSA.
    • Explain the guidelines for processing suspects arrested for DWI, preparing arrest reports and delivering testimony in DWI trials
    • Complete the final written examination

COURSE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:  Attendance, verified by a signed roster and instructor, and the successful completion of a 20-question test and a SFST proficiency examination.



MPOETC CLEE Hours:  40 – CLEE ID # CLE01562

Registration:  Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130. All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.

Location:  For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.

Other, See Notes10/5/2020 9:00 AM10/9/2020 3:00 PMNETC Commanding Officer, 570-288-3659No
Maximum of 10 students.
This class will be held at:
Troop F, Montoursville
899 Cherry Street
Montoursville, Pennsylvania

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