CPKN Current News

CPKN Current News

2018 F. Darren Smith Award

The recipient of the 2018 F. Darren Smith Award is Geneviève Tremblay, Director of National Learning Services with the RCMP. Joining Learning and Development in 2016, Geneviève faced many challenges including training resulting from the Moncton shooting of four RCMP officers and mostly recently the legalization of Cannabis and changes to impaired driving legislation.

CACP Trust and Confidence in Policing Conference

CACP is hosting Trust and Confidence in Policing: A Canadian Perspective, November 14 - 16, 2018 in Toronto, ON. This important conference will draw on domestic and international experiences and research to explore how various programs and approaches in policing affect trust within and across various communities and how that impact can be measured. Oversight, transparency and policy development will be highlighted and suggestions offered about how new or present practices could be implemented in a manner that maximizes the growth of trust and/or minimizes the negative impacts with a focus on the Canadian context.

Who should attend?

  • Police Leaders, Sworn and Civilian
  • Police members, sworn and civilian with an interest in community policing and/or working in an outreach role with the community
  • Police Oversight Bodies, Police Commissions and Complaint Commissioners
  • Academics, Pracademics and Students with interest in policing research
  • Industry and Policing Consultants
  • Community Leaders
  • Elected Officials

For more information or to register, visit the CACP Conference website.

Launch of the Introduction to the Cannabis Legislation online training module for Canadian police officers

Halifax, NS – Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – Today, the RCMP, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) are pleased to announce that the new online training on cannabis legislation is now available for all Canadian police officers, in both official languages.

City Life VR Training Software Update

CityLife is a joint Canada/USA/UK project with the objective of improving the quality of virtual simulation-based training by providing a more realistic virtual reality (VR) environment that simulates life typical of a real city. The VR environment will immerse students into representative scenarios for training skill sets such as surveillance, traffic, security, and personnel protection. City Life will feature realistic indoor and outdoor structures and spaces (i.e., residential and commercial) for one generic North American city and one generic foreign city. 10 000 unique, non-player characters (NPC) and 2000 unique cars will move and interact inside and outside the structures exhibiting realistic behaviors over a 7-day cycle. The learner-controlled avatars will be able to observe the NPC behaviors and, in certain cases, engage in purposeful interaction. Up to 25 learners will be able to collaborate within the multi-player environment.

City Life is a significant improvement upon existing immersive training simulation in terms of realistic patterns of life within a virtual city space thereby increasing the capabilities of law enforcement, military and interagency personnel. Its “open” concept allows users to create their own scenarios based on their desired learning objectives.

Once the development of CityLife is completed (early 2019), it will be available to all Canadian police services. Ideally, users would need driving simulators and VR headsets in order to fully benefit from CityLife.

F. Darren Smith Award of Excellence

The F. Darren Smith Award of Excellence is presented annually at the Stanhope Conference in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In honour of F. Darren Smith, the award recognizes individuals in the Canadian police community who demonstrate outstanding leadership, commitment and vision for the advancement of technology-enhanced learning.

Read More about the award and its past recipients, pictured below, and how to nominate a candidate.

Stanhope 2018 Save the Date

The date has been set! Stanhope 2018 will take place October 3 & 4, 2018.

We look forward to hosting you in beautiful downtown Charlottetown and discussing training and trends. More details about the agenda and speakers coming soon!

Joint Initiative for Cannabis Legislation Training

CPKN is working in collaboration with RCMP, Public Safety Canada, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) toward the goal of having timely, relevant, and interactive information and training to provide law enforcement with the knowledge of both the new regime and criminal offences related to cannabis and drug impaired driving. RCMP has committed to developing and delivering a training package for all Canadian Law Enforcement with the online portion of the training being made available to the broader law enforcement community through CPKN.

Work is underway to ensure the necessary tools and resources will be in place if Bill C-45 and C-46 become law. This began with a three-day workshop with over 30 delegates from CACP, Public Safety, RCMP, CPKN and representatives from Police Services across the country. The goal of the very successful workshop was to develop a training needs assessment for Canadian law enforcement on the proposed Cannabis legislation.

Pictured are A/Comm Stephen White, RCMP; Michelle Doll, PSC, Gen Tremblay, RCMP; Joanne Rigon, RCMP; Directeur Mario Harel, CACP; Sandy Sweet, CPKN; Bill Moore, CACP.

Design and implementation will align with ongoing efforts to build provincial-territorial capacity and resources to enforce the new cannabis and drug-impaired driving offences. This will result in a consistent approach to the application of the new legislation across the country.

Stay tuned in the coming months for updates on this learning resource.

The Order of the Black Sock

The Order of the Black Socks is an elite group of policing members and agencies that demonstrate leadership in the adoption of e-learning. Established in 2008, the Order is based on a memorable analogy first made by Insp. Steve Pilote (ret) of the Winnipeg Police Service where he compared the adoption of e-learning to good fashion sense, specifically sock sense.During a tongue-in-cheek ceremony, Black Socks are presented each year during the Stanhope Conference. New inductees are selected by the existing members of the Order by nomination, which must demonstrate an organization's proactive attitudes and actions toward e-learning.

Sgt. George Swirszcz, Waterloo Police Service, 2016 inductee into the Order of the Black Sock displays his socks with pride.

Do you have Black Socks? Tweet us @CPKN_Online with your photo.

Atlantic Police Academy Seeks Executive Director

The Atlantic Police Academy is hiring a new Executive Director, position to commence in 2018. The Executive Director will provide strategic direction that is progressive and aligned with future
needs and emerging trends to advance excellence in training, broaden existing and future partnerships, and strengthen the Academy’s
professional contribution in the regional, national, and international policing and public safety arenas. He/she will possess versatile and
diplomatic interpersonal skills to effectively navigate and manage diverse and complex issues and relationships. The Executive Director
will inspire and model leadership that is committed to employee engagement and a culture of inclusiveness.

If this sounds like you, the full job description is available online: http://www.hollandcollege.com/careers/.

The application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017.

2017 F. Darren Smith Award

The 2017 F. Darren Smith Award of Excellence was presented to Sergeant Sean O’Brien, Toronto Police Service during the 2017 Stanhope Workshop. In his current role as E-Learning and Learning Network Specialist, Sean is responsible for the research, development and implementation of Toronto Police College e-learning solutions.

“Sean has demonstrated outstanding leadership through his collaborative project work with CPKN and with the Toronto Police Service. He has actively engaged in opportunities to work with other services and training departments to ensure the best e-learning is available to all officers across the country,” says Sandy Sweet, President of CPKN.

Sergeant O’Brien’s colleagues recognize him as a leader through his efforts to continuously strengthen his own knowledge and professional expertise and encouraging others to do the same.
About CPKN, Sean says: “The most important thing about CPKN is that it brings together a community – one that shares resources and allows all services to access larger learning opportunities.”

Remembering Rudy Gheysen

Rudy Gheysen, long-time collaborator, contributor and friend of CPKN passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Rudy was a driving force behind the creation of CPKN in 2004, serving on the initial Advisory Committee and then as a Board Member.
One of his largest contributions to CPKN was his role in developing an agreement between CPKN and the Ontario Police College helping to diversify learning for officers in training, and enhancing CPKN’s profile on a national stage. Though his service to the Board of Directors ended in 2011, Rudy continued to be an active champion of CPKN.
Rudy’s dedication to CPKN and the importance of national police training will not be forgotten. Our condolences to his family. The full obituary is available online.

CPKN Launches New Course Delivery System

CPKN is happy to announce that we are moving to a new system for the delivery of our online training. The new system offers a more user-friendly experience. Effective March 31, 2017, your existing learning account will be disabled. We strongly encourage you to complete any course(s) to which you are currently enrolled (but have not completed) by that date. We strongly recommend that you download/print your Certificates of Completion for your own records. After March 31, you will no longer be able to access your Certificates or learning transcripts from the old system.

For questions, please contact Support@cpkn.ca.

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Back in Step: Police and First Responders helping Homeless Veterans

Homelessness is a reality for many of Canada’s Veterans. While the extent of homelessness among Veterans may never be fully understood, a 2016 study from Employment and Social Development Canada1 indicates that almost 3000 shelter users reported having served in the military. Whatever the number, it’s too high.

CPKN Honours its Founder and First President

The 2016 F. Darren Smith Award of Excellence has been presented to John Arnold, the man who broke ground on the CPKN concept and served as its first President.

Conference Explores Current Issues in Police Learning

Police leaders and training professionals from across Canada will gather in Charlottetown next week for the 10th annual Stanhope Conference. Hosted by the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, this important event focuses on the challenges, solutions, and future of police training in Canada.

Tearing Down the Wall: Preventing Suicide among First Responders

“Have you ever thought about taking your own life?” It’s a shocking question, but if you know someone in crisis, asking might just save their life.

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