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Bruce Herridge Named 2013 Recipient of F. Darren Smith Award of Excellence

Charlottetown, PE – Deputy Chief Bruce Herridge of York Regional Police was presented the 2013 F. Darren Smith Award of Excellence during the Police Education and Learning Summit in Charlottetown today.

“This award recognizes individuals who provide leadership and vision for a technology-enhanced future in police training,” says Sandy Sweet, President of CPKN. “Bruce Herridge defines those qualities and has worked hard to advance the technology-enhanced learning agenda within the Canadian police community.”

Established in 2012, this award celebrates meaningful achievements in TEL for police. As an early proponent of e-learning, Deputy Chief Herridge has motivated frontline officers and senior leadership alike by sharing a positive and compelling vision for TEL. He not only introduced e-learning to the York Regional Police organization but led the creation of the Technology & Skills Development Unit and an in-house e-learning team. That Unit has established one of the sector’s most active and successful online learning curriculums.

Beyond the many significant contributions to his own organization, Deputy Chief Herridge has played an important role in the national conversation about TEL. As a valued member of the CPKN National Advisory Committee, his ideas and expertise have helped CPKN shape its objectives and priorities for nationally-relevant online learning. And in the true spirit of what CPKN is all about, he has led by example, sharing YRP’s knowledge, content, and resources, including Digital Evidence, Critical Incident Stress Management, Staged Collisions, and RADAR/LIDAR, for benefit the Canadian police community as a whole.

“I’m very proud of the work that is going on around the country,” says Deputy Chief Herridge. “While the dialogue around technology-enhanced learning is often the same, we’re in a very different place than we were even five years ago. We’re getting it right and always moving the agenda forward.”

As part of this award, a $500 donation will be made in Deputy Chief Herridge’s name to the Dr. John Turnbull's Research and Patient Equipment and Services for the ALS Clinic at McMaster University Medical Centre. The Centre does important work in caring for the needs of those living with ALS and their families and is dedicated to conducting research to find a treatment and eventually a cure for this devastating disease.

To learn more about this award and its namesake, please visit www.cpkn.ca/darren_smith_award.