About CPKN


Canada's Leader in Police Training and Education

Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing and evolving police training and education through collaboration, standards, and technology.

CPKN is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by a National Advisory Committee, our work is driven by the following key strategic objectives:

  • Build and support relationships and collaborations that enhance and evolve learning and training;
  • Respond to training needs with timely, relevant, high value, cost-effective technology-enhanced learning opportunities and resources;
  • Support the community through competencies and standardized training; and
  • Demonstrate leadership in the integration of innovative learning models, tools, and technologies.


To be the leader in police training and education and to be the centre for collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the Canadian police and public safety community.


CPKN was established in 2004 in response to a recognized need for cost-effective and efficient training and knowledge sharing for Canadian police and public safety professionals. Members of the police community collaborated with government and academic organizations including the National Research Council Canada, the Police Sector Council, and Holland College‘s Justice Knowledge Network to create CPKN.

What began with 4 online courses and a handful of partners has grown considerably!

Today, CPKN consists of:



The key to our success is the network. CPKN provides value back to police and public safety through a variety of collaborative efforts.


An annual conference that brings together thought leaders, practitioners, and trainers dedicated to advance and evolve police training and education. Stanhope is now the #1 police training event of the year!

Competency-based Framework

A strong Competency-based Management (CBM) framework will strengthen the professionalism and standardization of policing in Canada. In November 2018, CPKN hosted a workshop to discuss the current use of competencies among Canadian police services.

National Police Training Inventory (NPTI)

Hosted and supported by CPKN, the NPTI was created by the National Advisory Committee to increase learning collaboration and efficiencies across the sector.

National training initiatives/standardization

CPKN helps to facilitate and participate in conversations about national level police training. This includes collaborating on committees, and working to develop national training resources with national advisory committees.

Sponsoring or securing funding for ‘free’ training initiatives

Free Learning Resources are made available to a national audience through the CPKN course catalogue. Examples of such resources include: Naloxone Nasal Spray Administration, Information and Communication Technology in the Context of Crowd Control; and, Back in Step: Police and First Responders Helping Homeless Veterans.

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police


The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has endorsed CPKN's mandate since 2006.