raining is essential in supporting the special requirements of traffic law enforcement and safety. Operational personnel should be trained in the technical and societal issues relating to contemporary traffic safety issues, to be prepared to effectively perform their duties. Traffic enforcement training is available through a variety of resources including law enforcement agencies, the State POST (Police, or Peace, Officer Standards and Training) agency, Federal agencies, or a commercial training business.
Training accomplishes important and necessary goals. Proper training should:
State, county, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies should:
As impaired driving has been identified as a significant traffic safety threat, at all jurisdictional levels throughout the Nation, adequate training for impaired driving detection and prosecution is imperative. States should support training for all traffic law enforcement officers in the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) course. Where possible, drug-impaired-driving programs, such as the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) program and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training, should be incorporated into traffic enforcement programs.
It is recommended that the State SFST and DRE coordinators con-duct an inventory of officers who will be participating in any traffic enforcement activity to determine their training level. All training and certifications should be up-to-date with current information. This would include: