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.


Atlantic Police Academy Seeks Executive Director

November 6, 2017

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: The application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017.


2017 F. Darren Smith Award

October 27, 2017

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.” The F. Darren Smith Award recognizes individuals who have created a compelling vision of the future of learning within…


Remembering Rudy Gheysen

July 6, 2017
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

March 2, 2017

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


JIBC develops fentanyl safety resource for first responders

November 9, 2016

With overdoses and fatalities stemming from fentanyl use reaching epidemic proportions, the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has launched a fentanyl website for first responders… >> View the website at >> View the full media release at


Back in Step: Police and First Responders helping Homeless Veterans

November 3, 2016

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. Homelessness among Veterans is a top priority for Veterans Affairs Canada. To raise awareness about the issue of Veterans homelessness among police and first responders, the Department has partnered with CPKN to create a new video. Back in Step: Police and First Responders helping Homeless Veterans is a 9 minute video that will help frontline professionals identify homeless Veterans and former RCMP members and connect them to available supports. “Veteran homelessness is unacceptable in Canada. Veterans Affairs Canada is developing a Veteran homelessness strategy in collaboration with Government, community and national partners and stakeholders,” says the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister for National Defence. “This strategy will identify gaps in existing policies and programs and propose evidence-based initiatives that will focus on…


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, 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…