Youth Impaired Driving Manual for Sheriffs DOT HS - 809214
APPENDIX A–TRAINING PROGRAMS table of contentshomeNHTSA
Appendix A, Training Programs

Appendix B, Materials

Appendix C, NHTSA Regional Offices

Appendix D, State Highway Safety Offices

Appendix A–Training Programs

Contact your local State Highway Safety Office or NHTSA Regional Office (Appendix B & C) for information and ordering of the following training materials.
DWI Detection 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.
DWI Detection 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.
DWI Detection 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.
Drug Recognition 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 phases:

• 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.

Principals and Techniques of Drug Recognition Expert Training: Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training.

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.
Drug Impairment 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.
Protecting 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 offenders.

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).

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