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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…


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…


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…