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CPKN Honours its Founder and First President

September 29, 2016

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. “John Arnold is the reason that CPKN exists today,” says Sandy Sweet, President of CPKN. “It was his vision that launched the campaign for online police learning and his commitment that fuelled the partnerships to make it happen.” While officially established in 2004, CPKN’s origins began several years earlier as PoliceLearn.com, the brainchild of Mr. Arnold, then Chief Scientist of the Canadian Police Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada. While John’s work with CPRC contributed to a spectrum of early technology-based tools and systems to support policing, it was in the early 90s that he recognized that police services were not using available computer technology to their greatest advantage. He set out to create an online network that would link the police community through shared operational information and training courses. “CPKN is a one-of-a-kind, not-for profit organization built on the hard work of…

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Conference Explores Current Issues in Police Learning

September 8, 2016

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. “The Stanhope Conference has played an integral role in changing the way we think and communicate about police learning,” says Sandy Sweet, President of CPKN. “In its ten year history, it’s become a cornerstone for knowledge sharing and for finding collaborative solutions to challenges facing the sector.” This year’s event will explore top-of-mind training issues, including mental health in policing, professionalization, community policing, as well as emerging technologies. These sessions generate dialogue that look at every issue from a variety of perspectives — from executive and frontline operations, small and large services, as well as regional differences — and draw out the key considerations for creating training that will provide the most effective learning experience. “Policing is continually evolving and the training demands on frontline officers are increasingly complex,” says Andy McGrogan, Chief…

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Tearing Down the Wall: Preventing Suicide among First Responders

May 2, 2016

“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. The Canadian Police Knowledge Network, in collaboration with York Regional Police and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), is offering a new training course to raise awareness about suicide and mental health among police and first responders. Suicide Awareness and Prevention is designed to help members of the first responder community recognize suicide risk and understand how to support mental health and well-being in the workplace. Development of this course was funded, in part, by the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Overcoming the stigma of a mental illness or problem is the greatest barrier to officers getting the help they need,” says Sgt. Beth Milliard of York Regional Police’s Peer Support Unit and subject matter expert for the course. “In a culture that can view itself as bulletproof, asking for help, or even acknowledging that you need it, is often viewed as a sign of weakness. In fact, it’s the…

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