Law Enforcement Training

The PA DUI Association is pleased to offer a variety of training to law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth. All PA DUI Association sponsored & scheduled course notifications are advertised by email notifications to individual Law enforcement and highway safety partners.  If you are not currently receiving course and workshop notifications and wish to be added to the Team DUI database, please send a request with your name, rank, agency or department name & the email address preference to JoElyn Slifkin, Admin Assistant, jslifkin@padui.orgAll students must register through the link on the course notification email. 

However:  If you are with a state agency ONLY and wish to register for a particular course; please send the following along with the course # and title in an email to jslifkin@padui.org and copy Catherine Tress, ctress@padui.org.    * Full Name and Rank as you would like it to appear on the certificate, *Police Department, *Student’s Email address, * Student’s Cell phone #, *MPO# or ORI Agency# *Required

All agencies interested in hosting an impaired driving course or workshop, please send your request to Catherine Tress, IDP LEL at ctress@padui.org.  Be sure to include a contact phone number and preferred email for questions.  A confirmation email and or follow-up call will be sent to the host once the course is scheduled.

For SFST BASIC Practitioners courses ONLY; Alcohol workshops utilizing impaired volunteer subjects are recommended; however, “dry” workshops utilizing NHTSA developed videos are available.  The PA DUI Assn permits “hybrid” workshops as an additional option for the host by using a combination of both “Wet” & “Dry” labs. This can be requested by the host during the scheduling process.  Please note; Wet lab supplies are the responsibility of the host and questions regarding this can be directed to Catherine Tress at ctress@padui.org.

The PA DUI Association is pleased to offer Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies the following impaired driving courses. All PA DUI Association instructors are current Certified Drug Recognition Expert Instructors. For a full description of any of the workshops listed below please scroll down.

Basic Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
SFST Refresher Course
SFST Instructor
ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement)
Sobriety Checkpoint – full day
Sobriety Checkpoint Supervisor’s Training
Sobriety Checkpoint Refresher
Medical Marijuana Workshop

Basic Standardized Field Sobriety Testing – (3 days) CLE0091

This course utilizes curriculum developed and approved by NHTSA and the IACP to train law enforcement officers in the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers utilizing the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  Officers receive training in the three (3) phases of DUI detection – Vehicle in Motion, Driver Contact and Pre-Arrest Screening as well as documentation of their observations and courtroom testimony.  The majority of classroom time involves proper administration and interpretation of the three standardized field sobriety tests – Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk and Turn and One Leg Stand.  Alcohol workshops utilizing impaired volunteer subjects are recommended; however, “dry” workshops utilizing NHTSA developed videos are available. Students successfully completing the curriculum receive a certificate as SFST practitioners. This course serves as the initial course for impaired driving detection. It is the prerequisite course for the advanced roadside enforcement class and SFST instructor school.

(Hybrid workshops using a combination of both “Wet” & “Dry” labs can be requested by the host during the scheduling process.) 

SFST Refresher Course – (4 hours) CLE00193

The curriculum for this course is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the IACP.  This course refreshes officers in the three (3) phases of DUI detection, proper administration and interpretation of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, covers recent and pertinent case law and provides updates and any changes to the current curriculum for the Basic Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. This Refresher course is recommended by NHTSA to be taken every 2 years for officers who have completed the SFST Basic Practitioner Class or required every 4 years by PENNDOT if the officer is a member of an Impaired Driving Task Force.

SFST Instructor – (4 days) CLE00192

This course utilizes curriculum developed by NHTSA and the IACP to train officers to teach Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.  All students must be SFST trained and they must be proficient in knowledge, administration and interpretation of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.

The course is designed to enable officers to effectively teach the NHTSA / IACP certified SFST Basic Practitioner class.  Topics covered include a definition of learning, the three (3) established domains of learning, different methods of teaching and their effectiveness, identification and utilization of various teaching aids, team teaching, the basics of running an alcohol workshop and more.  Officers successfully completing the curriculum will receive a certificate. Please note; it is highly recommended students completing this course should assist in teaching several SFST Basic Practitioner courses and act as a dosing instructor in a wet lab before becoming a lead instructor and acting as administrator of the basic course. This course is also a prerequisite for Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) – (16 hours) – (2 days) CLE00095

The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with input from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Technical Advisory Panel and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. ARIDE was created to address the gap in training between the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) programs.

Students start with a 4-hour SFST refresher to ensure their proficiency as SFSTs are the cornerstone of all impaired driving enforcement.  The remaining 12 hours of instruction introduce the seven (7) established drug categories, affiliated signs and symptoms, methods of ingestion, paraphernalia, additional roadside tests including the Modified Rhomberg Balance and Lack of Convergence tests, current drug trends and an overview of the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP).

It is not designed to replace the DRE program; rather, it is intended to supplement the DECP by enabling officers to recognize impairment resulting from controlled substances and to utilize a DRE. ARIDE is a prerequisite course for Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). 

Sobriety Checkpoint – full day (8 hours) CLE00157

This course is designed to train law enforcement officers to participate in Sobriety Checkpoints.  It is a NHTSA / IACP requirement that all officers participating in a Sobriety Checkpoint receive this training followed by refresher training every two (2) years.

Topics covered include the legality of Sobriety Checkpoints, relevant case law, case law update(s), site selection criteria, operation plans, briefing, set up, individual assignments and responsibilities, execution, handling of evidence, tear down, debriefing and post checkpoint administrative procedures.  There is a statutory review of both Title 75 and Title 18 regarding offenses most often encountered at a checkpoint along with instruction in how to deal with unusual or challenging situations such as sovereign citizens or uncooperative motorists.  Lastly, officers participate in setting up, executing and tearing down a mock checkpoint utilizing a task force trailer and equipment.  They see first-hand the relative positions and responsibilities of all members of the checkpoint as well as getting hands on experience with the associated equipment.  Officers successfully completing the curriculum receive a certificate and are certified to work Sobriety Checkpoints.

 

NEW (SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT SUPERVISORS COURSE FOR TASK FORCE COORDIANTORS & OIC OF CHECKPOINTS WITH IDP GRANTS)

Sobriety Checkpoint Supervisor’s Training

In order to streamline the training process for Sobriety Checkpoints – specifically Sobriety Checkpoint Refresher Training, PennDOT has agreed to Sobriety Checkpoint training for Supervisors.  This training is a 4-hour course which lays out all the legal, logistical and tactical considerations for planning and executing a sobriety checkpoint.  It covers relevant case law, site selection criteria, operation plans, set up, operation, take down and post checkpoint procedures.  It also covers those sections of Title 75 and Title 18 most likely to be encountered at a checkpoint as well as unusual situations like sovereign citizens and uncooperative operators.

Supervisors successfully completing the training will receive a power point presentation for Sobriety Checkpoint Refresher Training which they will then utilize to provide refresher training to members of their respective task forces thus allowing for in-house training.

This course does not eliminate the need for new task force members to attend and successfully complete 8-hour Sobriety Checkpoint Training as taught by a statewide agency only.  This 4 hr supervisor training does not permit training of the full 8 hr class.

Sobriety Checkpoint Refresher – (4 hours) CLE00395

This course is designed to fulfill NHTSA / IACP and PennDOT requirements that officers having already attended the 8-hour SCP and working sobriety checkpoints receive refresher training.  NHTSA / IACP requirements are for every four (4) years while PennDOT requirements are for every two (2) years.

The course covers the legality of sobriety checkpoints, relevant case law, case law update(s), operation plans, site selection criteria, briefing, individual assignments, set up, execution, tear down, debriefing and post checkpoint administrative procedures.  There is also a statutory review of Title 75 and Title 18 regarding offenses regularly encountered at checkpoints along with instruction in dealing with unusual situations such as sovereign citizens and uncooperative motorists.  Officers successfully completing the curriculum receive a certificate and are considered trained in compliance with NHTSA / IACP and PennDOT guidelines.

Medical Marijuana Workshop (8 hours)

On April 17, 2016, Governor Wolfe signed the Medical Marijuana Law in Pennsylvania, making it legal for Pennsylvania residents to possess medical marijuana in various forms for treatment of certain ailments.  In the beginning of 2018, Pennsylvania has seen the first dispensaries open and as of March 2nd, more than 22,000 PA residences have applied for a medical marijuana card.

This workshop will address the challenges presented to law enforcement with the advent of the new law.  Topics covered include a brief history of marijuana, society’s changing attitudes towards marijuana, the plant itself, various forms and ingestion methods, paraphernalia, the current Federal and Pennsylvania laws, conflicts between the Federal and State statutes, signs and symptoms of impairment and recommended procedures for traffic stops.  The course was initially designed for law enforcement officers; however, it is applicable and beneficial to other members of the criminal justice system including District Attorneys, Assistant District Attorney s, Probation & Parole officers, county alcohol coordinators, and other professional highway safety partners.