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F. Darren Smith Award 2019

October 9, 2019

The recipient of the 2019 F. Darren Smith Award is Marc Desaulniers, Director of Curriculum and Knowledge Development, École nationale de police du Québec (ENPQ) where he has worked since 2001. His directorate includes the Knowledge and Expertise Centre, the Pedagogical Expertise and Curriculum Development Centre, and the Research and Strategic Development Centre whose research projects pursue the following objectives: improving police training, consolidating and contributing to the emergence of best police practices as well as supporting the ENPQ strategic development. Marc is highly respected by his colleagues and is recognized for his collaborative efforts in the police community and his innovative problem- solving skills.  “Marc is a solutions-oriented manager and is a key player in the vision of the Academy’s digital campus. His strategic thinking allows for ENPQ to effectively implement new training and forge relationships in the community,” said Yves Guay, Director General, ENPQ. Marc was instrumental in the design of cannabis training following the legalization of cannabis and worked collaboratively with national partners to ensure information and knowledge were shared. Marc is…


Updated Version of Police Ethics and Accountability

October 7, 2019

There is an updated version of the course Police Ethics and Accountability in the CPKN catalogue. This course was updated as a part of our catalogue review and the updates include: format change from Flash to HTML5; update to image; update to resources; and, new information and references to police ethics.  


CPKN Fall Newsletter 2019

September 24, 2019

CPKN has released its Fall 2019 newsletter. Read more about recent projects and activities and recent courses releases by visiting the newsletter online If you would like to be on our mailing list, simply fill in the newsletter sign-up from on the footer of our website!    


CPKN & JCSWB Partnership

September 22, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) and the Journal of Community Safety and Well-being (JCSWB) are partnering in our efforts to increase awareness for our respective activities to each of our online communities. The purpose of the exchange is to highlight relevant information to the shared communities of police, researchers and stakeholders, alike. CPKN and the journal staff at SG Publishing have worked together in developing an exciting schedule of tweets, newsletters, banner ads and announcements!  We hope you find this information beneficial and interesting. Our shared goal is to expand the reach of the JCSWB to the CPKN audience, encouraging submissions and readership engagement, while also highlighting the courses and activities of CPKN to our journal’s readership. It just makes sense! Journal Backgrounder: The Journal of CSWB is the flagship publication of the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA), a Canada based consortium of public, private and academic interests which aims to advance the knowledge, social science and evidence base in support of multi-sector approaches to building stronger and…


Learning & Innovation

September 22, 2019

Meet Toni Mills and Shianne MacDonald, two of CPKN’s Instructional Designers. They travelled to Toronto in July to attend the Canadian eLearning Conference and had a valuable networking and learning experience. Sessions attended focused on: Game thinking in L&D – using game elements, concepts, and techniques to improve learner engagement Storytelling techniques in videos Needs assessment and needs analysis – getting better at understanding needs and purpose to find the best solutions Challenges in L&D Scope planning in eLearning projects Toni answered some questions about the conference for us below. What was the biggest benefit to you in attending this conference? It was reassuring to recognize approaches and challenges shared by others in Learning and Design (L&D), regardless of their sector, skills, or focus. It was also encouraging to see enthusiasm and optimism regarding what is happening in eLearning today and where it is headed. Were there particular trends or changes in eLearning discussed that stand-out? Learner-focused design recognizes that if learners are not actively engaged, learning outcomes are not likely to be met. This…


Leadership Research Report Released

July 31, 2019

In the Spring of 2019, CPKN initiated a research project on leadership training in the Canadian police community.  The purpose of this research and report is to provide an inventory of available leadership training being used across the country by frontline officers, supervisors and executive officers as well as insight into the competencies covered by these offerings. Led by Michelle Patterson, PhD, a survey targeted to police services was created and sent to 136 organizations asking questions to identify: leadership course titles delivery method training provider cost level of leadership targeted. Further questions were asked about which leadership competencies were addressed, or not, by the training. Respondents were asked to identify gaps in leadership training and which level of leadership is most in need of additional training. Responses were received represent 80% of the sworn population in Canada.   The results of this survey demonstrate a patch-work design of police leadership courses. There are numerous courses, but there appears to be no standardized course list for leadership development used consistently across provinces or nationally. Thank you…


Ilias 5.3 Learning Management System (LMS) Upgrade

June 20, 2019

We are excited to inform you that we are upgrading our learning platform. Once complete you will have access to new and improved functionality. Please note, in order to complete the upgrade, the learning platform (and all service-specific portals) will be unavailable Saturday June 22 between 8:30 a.m. EST and 2:00 p.m. EST. We appreciate your understanding. If you have any questions, please contact Here is a snap-shot of the enhanced functionality Role-based Learning Portal administrators will have the ability to create additional customized learning roles and assign a selection of courses to specific ranks and roles. Single Sign-on Capabilities Portals can be customized to allow members to log-in using credentials from another in-house system or alternate site. This will help to streamline log-in access for members. Course Complete Override Portal administrators now have the ability to manually update an individual learner’s record and completion status as required. Responsive Column Layout Course landing pages will now have responsive design allowing for compatibility with a variety of devices. Ilias as an LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) New functionality…


Flash-based courses & the Catalogue review

April 17, 2019

In 2017, Adobe issued a statement that they will stop updating and distributing Flash Player at the end of 2020.  In response to this announcement, all major web browsers have announced they will disable the Flash plug-in by default in 2019. By the end of 2020, Flash Player will be removed from their build process and most browsers will move to prevent the ability to enable Flash content. To read, statements from each of the major web browsers, follow the links below: Apple Safari Google Chrome Internet Explorer / Microsoft Edge Mozilla Firefox Over the last 15 years, CPKN’s has grown to offer more than 180 eLearning courses. In 2019, one of our priorities is to complete a full review of the catalogue. The review will ensure CPKN has the most relevant and up-to-date eLearning courses.  Additionally, CPKN will begin moving courses from Flash-based content to HTML5 as Flash will become unsupported in 2020. We look forward to this exiting opportunity to update our catalogue and connect with you on the benefits of building in…


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.