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DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)   

This course will teach you how to skillfully recognize and properly evaluate impaired driving suspects, from the initial observation of the vehicle to the arrest and processing of the suspect.

Beginning with the detection of the impaired driver and the standardized sobriety testing procedures commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the course will also cover enforcement strategies and issues surrounding Miranda and Implied Consent. In addition, you will learn how to properly document your observations for courtroom presentation.

Topics Include

  • DUI visual detection
  • Legal aspects of DUI enforcement
  • Standardized field sobriety testing (to include horizontal gaze nystagmus)
  • Proper documentation techniques
  • Sobriety checkpoints (Roadblocks)
  • Video issues
  • Two NHTSA recommended drinking exercises


Patrol officers, DUI investigators and supervisors, prosecutors

This class is restricted to active law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys employed by governmental agencies.

Course Length

24 hours

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Instructors were phenomenal.” – L.D.
  • “The course increases officer confidence while conducting SFSTs.” – JB
  • “Great instructors with lots of knowledge and practical experience.” – A.C.
  • “I now feel confident about conducting DUI investigations. Great course.” – Ofc. C.W.
  • “I was thoroughly satisfied with the DWI SFST training I received at IPTM. The training staff were very knowledgeable and professional. Additionally, the use of actual intoxicated subjects contributed to the realism of situations that would be encountered out in the field.” – Anon.
  • "Great course, great instructors, great material. It will definitely enhance my skills." – Ofc. M.S.
  • "Good use of time and excellent practice with web lab participants. Very good course, will highly recommend to others." – Ofc. B.C.

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