Contact your local State Highway
Safety Office or NHTSA Regional Office (Appendix B & C) for information
and ordering of the following training materials.
and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Basic Course.
This course was developed by 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.
Two training modules have been developed to introduce officers to the skills
needed to detect and apprehend alcohol impaired drivers. This module in,
either the 4- or 8-hour format, can be taught as part of the basic SFST
training curriculum or as a stand alone.
and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor Training.
Individuals who have successfully
completed the basic SFST training course, have demonstrated skills and
experience in administering the SFST battery and who have the desire to
teach others are eligible to attend this training. This 32 hours of training
helps participants develop the skills to become effective instructors in
the basic course SFST.
and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Refresher Training Course.
This CD ROM has been developed as
a self-instructional SFST refresher training course, to assist law enforcement
officers who have already taken and successfully completed the NHTSA/IACP
SFST training course.
Expert (DRE) Training.
This training program is designed
for law enforcement officers who have successfully completed a NHTSA/IACP
approved SFST course and whose agency has been approved for participation
by NHTSA/IACP. Participants learn basic drug terminology, pharmacology,
how to identify the signs and symptoms of drug impairment associated with
seven drug categories, and how to conduct the twelve-step DRE evaluation.
The training program is in three
• The Pre-School - 2 days
of lectures and hands-on exercises. Introduces officers to basic drug terminology,
pharmacology, the seven categories of drugs, and to the twelve steps of
the evaluation process.
• The DRE School - 7 days of classroom
training and hands on exercises. This training builds on the foundation
of knowledge acquired during the Pre-School, and teaches officers how to
evaluate drug impaired drivers.
• The Certification Training - conducting
evaluations on subjects impaired by drugs. This phase of the training requires
officers, assigned in small groups, to evaluate drug-impaired subjects,
while being supervised and evaluated by a certified DRE instructor.
and Techniques of Drug Recognition Expert Training: Drug Recognition Expert
Individuals who have been certified
as DREs are eligible to attend this training. Officers learn the essentials
of sound teaching practices and are given ample opportunity to directly
apply the newly acquired skills in practice-teaching sessions.
The first 2 days of this 5-day training
course focus on the principles and techniques of teaching and on how they
apply to the DRE curricula. On the third and fourth days, participants
teach selected parts of the Pre-School and/or the DRE School. During the
fifth day, officers learn to plan and manage an alcohol workshop and learn
how to effectively conduct certification training.
for Educational Professionals (DITEP)
To help combat the growing problem
of drugs in the educational environment, at least three states, Arizona,
Kansas and New York, each independently developed a training program. In
cooperation with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), the strengths
from the three programs were combined together to form this training module.
This training is conducted by Drug
Recognition Experts to provide school administrators, teachers, and nurses
with a systematic approach to recognizing and evaluating individuals in
the academic environment who are abusing and impaired by drugs, both legal
and illegal, in order to provide early recognition and intervention.
Lives, Saving Futures
This training, developed by the American
Prosecutors Research Institute’s, National Traffic Law Center, is designed
to train law enforcement and prosecutors together in the detection, apprehension
and prosecution of impaired drivers (alcohol and other drugs), and youthful
Law enforcement officers and prosecutors
will learn firsthand the challenges and difficulties each other face in
impaired driving cases. This allows for a greater understanding on the
part of law enforcement officers as to what evidence prosecutors must have
in an impaired driving case. Conversely, this will give prosecutors the
opportunity to know what to reasonably expect from officers at the arrest
scene and to learn to ask better questions. They will also learn from toxicologists
about breath, blood and urine tests. Optometrists will teach about the
effects of alcohol and other drugs on an individual’s eyes, specifically
horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN).