Coming Soon! Legal Cannabis, Insights and Ethics – An Industry Perspective

April 1, 2019

This is the first in a series of learning modules designed to help police professionals understand the “new landscape” of legal cannabis in Canada and examines the differences between the medical and recreational markets, from basic product differences (CBD vs. THC), associated demographics and means of access, to production quality control standards. Content was provided by Green Relief Inc. with expert contributors: Dr. R. Tait Gale, PhD, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University Nigel V. Gale, PhD Candidate, Botany, University of Toronto Graham J. Fischer, Regulatory Affairs & Special Projects, Green Relief Inc. Sean Krumpek, Director of Client Services, Green Relief Inc.


CAPG Webinar: Autism Awareness and Training for Police

February 26, 2019

CPKN’s Krystine Richards will be presenting in a CAPG Webinar: Autism Awareness and Training for Police on February 26, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. EST.She will sharing information about the process undertaken to build the Autism Spectrum Disorder course available in the CPKN catalogue to all First Responders. Read more about the course, its learning objectives and the fantastic team of SME’s that helped in its development on the course page.


Competencies Workshop

December 7, 2018

On November 28-29, 2018 CPKN hosted a workshop in Toronto with representation from 31 regionally diverse police services and organizations. As the current steward of the framework, CPKN wanted to facilitate and support discussions about the value of the CBMF, how it is being used, and its on-going maintenance. Find out more about the workshop here.


2018 F. Darren Smith Award Winner

October 15, 2018

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. “Geneviève stepped in with vision, energy and a positive attitude to rejuvenate her team and build the confidence of management and staff throughout the organization,” says Joanne Rigon, Acting Director General, Learning and Development, RCMP. “She advocates for technology enhanced learning wherever possible as an effective means to provide training to RCMP across the country with consistent outcomes.” In addition to her regular daunting duties, in the past year, Geneviève led the collaboration with CACP and CPKN in the development of a national training initiative to respond to changing cannabis legislation. The project included collaboration on a national scale with input and subject matter expertise from police services and Federal Departments from across the country. This project was not without its…


Launch of the Introduction to the Cannabis Legislation online training module for Canadian Police Officers

August 14, 2018

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. 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. The announcement was made as part of the CACP’s 113th Annual Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, taking place from August 12th to 15th, 2018. CACP President, Chief Mario Harel, said: “The CACP is proud to support this proactive initiative and would like to thank the RCMP and the CPKN for leading the development of this online training product. With such a significant legislative change coming in October, it was important…


City Life VR Training Software Update

July 20, 2018

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”…


F. Darren Smith Award of Excellence

July 3, 2018

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.  


Stanhope 2018 Save the Date

April 12, 2018

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

March 15, 2018

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…


The Order of the Black Sock

December 19, 2017
Black Socks

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.