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Field Impairment Testing

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Drug Influence Recognition Training

 

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Driving while impaired by drugs whether illegal, prescribed or over the counter, emerged as an important road safety issue in the late 1990’s. Prior to March 2015 prosecutions for driving under the influence of drugs required evidence to show unfitness to drive (Section 4, Road Traffic Act 1988).

The new legislation now makes it an offence to drive with a drug in the body, above a specified limit (Section 5A, Road Traffic Act 1988). Specified limits have now been set.

How do you detect drug impairment and recognise their influenece?

Techniques to detect the drug driver with the use of impairment, (or sobriety) tests were introduced and today Field Impairment Testing (FIT) and Drug Influence Recognition (DIR) are a systematic and standardized assessment methods used to determine whether impairment may be present in a driver.

It may be used at the roadside or at the police station by a police officer, Custody Nurse or a Forensic physician.

Drug Recognition identifies the signs and symptoms associated with the effects of drugs, and classifies these drugs into seven main categories. FIT and drug recognition can provide a strong indication of whether a driver is impaired.

 


 

Police National Impairment Training

Sancus offer a range of courses for Police Officers, Police Staff, Custody Nurses and FME’s

Field Impairment testing & Drug Influence Recognition

  • Duration –  2 day (minimum) course
  • Aim – to provide students with the skills and knowledge to administer the Field Impairment Test and understand the influence on drugs on a person
  • Course content – Legal  and Procedural Aspects, Review of new and current legislation, Preliminary Impairment Testing and the Code of Practice, Visual detection of the impaired driver, The Investigative Procedure, Case Preparation and Evidential Issues and Case Law, Station Procedures, Role of the Forensic Physician, The Field Impairment Tests, Pupillary Examination, Drug Influence Recognition, Drug Categories
    Indicators of drug influence  for the seven category’s

Custody Nurses – Drug Recognition training

A short course designed to benefit the custody nurse in the correct administration of the Field Impairment Test, when undertaking a Section 7(3) (c) examination to determine a condition present.

  • Duration – 1 day
  • Aim – to provide relevant personnel with the skills and knowledge to
  • Course objectives – Describe and correctly administer the field impairment tests, Provide a correct inference on the results of the test through full and accurate contemporaneous records, Generalise on the relevant legislation and practices

Custody Nurses – Field Impairment Testing

A short course designed to benefit the custody nurse in the correct administration of the Field Impairment Test, when undertaking a Section 7(3) (c) examination to determine a condition present.

  • Duration – 1 Day
  • Aim – To provide the custody nurse with the skills and knowledge to adequately assess drug
    intoxication by the use of the Field Impairment Test and to successfully provide police officers with a comprehensive identification of an individual who may have a condition due to some drug,
  • Objectives – At the end of the session the student will be better able to,
    1. Describe and correctly administer the field impairment tests
    2. Provide a correct inference on the results of the test through full and accurate contemporaneous records
    3. Generalise on the relevant legislation and practices

Forensic Physician  – Field Impairment Testing

A short course designed to benefit the Police Forensic Physician(FP)/Forensic Medical Examiner (FME) in the correct administration of the Field Impairment Test, when undertaking a Section 7(3) (c) examination to determine a condition present.

  • Duration – 1 day
  • Aim – To provide the forensic physician with the skills and knowledge to adequately assess drug
    intoxication by the use of the Field Impairment Test and to successfully provide police officers with a comprehensive identification of an individual who may have a condition due to some drug,
  • Objectives – At the end of the session the student will be better able to,
    1. Describe and correctly administer the field impairment tests
    2. Provide a correct inference on the results of the test through full and accurate contemporaneous records
    3. Generalise on the relevant legislation and practices

 

Sancus Field Impairment Testing and Drug Recognition Training can be delivered for your organisation, at a venue of your choice.

Because of the specialist nature of this training it is beneficial for us to discuss your exact needs and requirements.

Please contact us and our senior course trainer will be pleased to arrange a consultation.

 

Field impairment Testing and Drugs Recognition Training – Contact Sancus