DUI Investigations & Convictions
November 7, 2023
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Palm Beach Gardens Police Department
10500 N Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33410
Within this comprehensive DUI Training Program, participants will receive a large understanding and practical skills necessary to effectively handle cases related to driving under the influence (DUI). The course combines numerous case studies and experiences to ensure participants gain expertise in a range of essential areas including conducting Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) techniques, effective communication strategies, court procedures, and relevant case law.
Participants will begin by exploring the fundamental principles of DUI enforcement, in order to really understand the underlying laws and regulations of DUI offenses. They will examine the impact of impaired driving on public safety and gain a thorough understanding of their roles and responsibilities as law enforcement officers in addressing this issue.
The training program will then focus on the administration and interpretation of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST). Participants will learn the proper techniques for conducting and assessing the three main components of SFST: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk-and-Turn, and One-Leg Stand. With this course presentation, participants will gain proficiency in accurately documenting and reporting the results of these tests, ensuring they can effectively assess impairment and establish probable cause.
In addition to SFST, participants will receive an in-depth education in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) techniques. This segment of the course will equip participants with the skills necessary to detect and evaluate drug impairment. Through a combination of experiences and videos, participants will learn how to assess and interpret signs of drug impairment using a range of tests and observations. The ARIDE training will enhance participants’ ability to identify and handle cases involving drug-impaired drivers, enabling them to effectively protect public safety.
Effective communication strategies play a crucial role in DUI enforcement. Participants will engage in specialized training sessions focused on building rapport, establishing trust, and using effective interviewing techniques when interacting with individuals suspected of DUI offenses. Through informative videos within the PowerPoint, participants will enhance their communication skills, enabling them to gather accurate information and navigate challenging encounters during DUI investigations.
This course will also provide comprehensive insights into the court procedures associated with DUI cases. Participants will gain a broad understanding of the DUI court process, from the initial arrest to sentencing. They will learn how to prepare and present evidence effectively in court, ensuring that their cases are successfully prosecuted. Additionally, participants will receive guidance on testifying as witnesses in DUI cases, preparing them to confidently present their findings and expertise in a legal setting.
To provide participants with a solid foundation in DUI law, this training program will explore relevant case law and legal considerations. Participants will examine landmark cases and precedents that have shaped the field of DUI enforcement. They will learn how to apply case law in assessing and handling DUI cases, ensuring adherence to legal requirements and procedures.
Zak Schlader is a Law Enforcement Officer in the state of Nevada and has been an officer since the beginning of 2017. Zak has a strong focus on traffic enforcement and DUI investigations where he has earned recognition and has since been given several different awards. With over 300 DUI’s since the beginning of his career to present day, one award Zak was awarded was the Hero & Handcuffs award from the STOP-DUI program. With almost 7 years on the force, Zak is currently serving as a field training officer, a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), and as a Lead SFST instructor. With this knowledge and training, Zak spends a large amount of his time teaching and helping all different departments throughout the state. Zak’s career also includes specialty in peer support, NIK Instructor (departments drug identification system), Lead Instructor for his departments Electronics Search Warrant Program, and traffic assignments.