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2020 F. Darren Smith Award Winner Announced!

October 14, 2020

The recipient of the Darren Smith Award for 2020 is Simon Paré of Public Safety Canada. This is a well-deserved recognition of Simon’s contributions to the adoption and advancement of Technology Enhanced Learning in the Canadian police and public safety sector. He meets and exceeds all the criteria we use to select the recipient for this annual award. In 2004 Simon was leading of the fledgling e-learning team within RCMP’s Learning and Development. They were leading the country with respect to developing and delivering on-line courses. His boss, C/ Supt Graham Muir, was involved in creating a national collaborative approach to the creating of e-learning courses and Simon quickly jumped on board the initiative that became the Canadian Police Knowledge Network. A little-known fact, it was Simon who came up with the name CPKN has proudly used for the last 18 years! Throughout his career in the Canadian public safety sector Simon has worked tirelessly and has never lost sight of the value of collaboration and learning from colleagues and partner organizations. He has been…


Competency-Based Policing in Canada

October 6, 2020

In August 2020, CPKN developed a white paper Competency-Based Policing in Canada: An Integral Component for Transparent and Accountable Policing. The paper outlines the general history of competency-based management (CBM) and the CBMF in Canadian policing, why they are relevant in the context of current demands for police reform, how they can support policing operations into the future, and factors that must be considered as the Canadian police community explores next steps. Click the link below to download the report! CPKN_CBM_Whitepaper_August27_2020 (002)


Upcoming Webinar – The Violence Link & Recognizing Human Violence Oct 8, 2020

October 5, 2020

Join us on October 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern for the next informative installation of The Network Webinar Series! Presented in partnership with the Atlantic Police Academy, CPKN will host Sgt. Teena Stoddard, Ottawa Police Service to discuss: The definition of Violence Link How does the Violence Link apply to police officers’ investigations How to apply the Violence Link in police call for service How to rule out human violence or acquire the grounds for charges How the violence link is connected with dangerous offender applications Learn more and register online!


NEW COURSE – Drug Stigma Awareness for Law Enforcement

September 28, 2020

CPKN is pleased to announce a new hosted course now available in the catalogue: Drug Stigma Awareness for Law Enforcement with content provided by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience substance use disorder or dependence in their lifetime? That is three times more Canadians than are diagnosed with Diabetes. People with substance use disorder are highly stigmatized within the community and the stigma often prevents people from getting the treatment they need. Drug Stigma Awareness for Law Enforcement offers sworn officers the opportunity to learn about substance use disorder and the impacts of stigma on those who suffer from this medical condition. In this training, you will gain knowledge in skills and approaches to reduce substance use stigma. The course, available at no cost to sworn police officers in Canada, is in partnership with the Government of Canada and is available in both English and French. “The Government of Canada is committed to the health and safety of Canadians. The opioid crisis…


Let’s Talk Policing in Challenging Times – The Network Webinar Series

July 27, 2020

In follow-up to the Transformational Leadership webinar hosted on June 23, 2020, the second webinar in CPKN’s The Network Webinar Series will be a panel discussion to answer questions from the webinar attendees. Joining (ret’d) Chief Devon Clunis will be Chief Constable Del Manak, Victoria Police Department and Tom Stamatakis, President, Canadian Police Association. The panelists will discuss: – What does systemic racism mean? How do we proceed when the public assumes racism? – What does defunding the police mean, what does this look like across the country, and what are the implications? – How do we support the mental health of police service members in light of the pandemic, recent protests, and calls for defunding? How can we support officers and their families? Join us on Wednesday August 5, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern to continue this important conversation!


Course Survey Maintenance

July 2, 2020

CPKN uses Survey Monkey for its course survey feedback. Survey Monkey is undergoing routine maintenance and as a result, surveys will be temporarily unavailable on July 3, 2020 between 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Eastern. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 40th Anniversary

June 26, 2020

Did you know that 2020 is the 40th anniversary of the formal recognition of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a mental health disoder in the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)? The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research (CIPSRT) and Treatment has many helpful resources and on their website. These resources Include: informative videos about PTSD importance of leadership Self-assessment tools First-hand story-telling from the front line In preparation to recognize and reduce the stigma of PTSD, visit the CIPSRT website and post on social media on June 27, 2020 for the #WearTealChallenge.  


Transformational Leadership Webinar

June 19, 2020

Join us for a webinar on June 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern for a webinar on Transformational Leadership. This event is free to attend. The #BlackLivesMatter movement in the United States is having broad impacts on Canadians. As you know, we are seeing peaceful protests in cities large and small, media coverage alleging acts of racism by Canadian officers, and calls from politicians and citizens for body worn cameras on all officers as well as the defunding of police. How will Canadian police services navigate these challenges? CPKN will host a webinar event led by Chief Devon Clunis (ret’d) to discuss transformational leadership in response to recent events. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register online now! To read some of Devon’s recent media interviews, click on the links below. Article in the Winnipeg Free Press CTV News Interview      


Virtual Classrooms

May 28, 2020

As many services and public safety organizations modify training to meet social distancing requirements, training departments are either using or exploring virtual classrooms. In our Spring Newsletter, we published some Tips and Tricks for running a successful virtual classroom. Here are links to other helpful articles from around the web: The Harvard Business Review has published an article on elevating your personal presence in virtual meetings and how to best manage them. A white paper from Adobe discusses Best Practices for Virtual Classroom Training. Research Gate has a published article used as the foundation for our newsletter story with best practices for virtual classrooms.


Update to the LMS

May 28, 2020

CPKN staff recently hosted a webinar to provide an update on what’s a part of the update to the LMS. Want to know more? View the webinar video to hear from Randy Cameron about some new features and from Evan Jackson about what we need to do in the back-end to ensure a successful experience.