CPKN News 2008

CPKN News 2008

Coming in January 2009: Police Ethics and Accountability

In January, CPKN will release Police Ethics and Accountability, a core training course for any police or law enforcement officer. Developed in collaboration with the Justice Institute of British Columbia, this course will explore the complexities surrounding ethical decisions and dilemmas in policing.

OPP Contributes Content for Highway Criminal Interdiction

The Ontario Provincial Police have recently collaborated with CPKN to create an e-learning course for Highway Criminal Interdiction - Consent to Search Requirements.

New Release: Explosives Awareness

CPKN, in collaboration with the RCMP's Canadian Bomb Data Centre, have released Explosives Awareness, an awareness level course designed for all police and first response personnel.

Aboriginal and First Nations Awareness: National Learning Pilot Underway

Developed in collaboration with the Ontario Police College (OPC), Aboriginal and First Nations Awareness is the third of four courses in a national e-learning series funded by the Police Sector Council to be launched at CPKN.

OPVTA Authorizes National Distribution of Characteristics of an Armed Person

Recently, the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance (OPVTA), a non-profit organization that produces professional, high-quality video training packages for police services, authorized the release of OPVTA-produced content to a national police audience.

CACP and CPKN Announce e-Learning Endorsement Process

In recent months, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and CPKN have been working toward an enhanced relationship to promote e-learning to a national police audience. A primary element of this collaboration is the creation of a CACP e-learning endorsement process for CPKN courseware.

Diversity Training: TPS Shares LGBT Issues

Tolerance and acceptance of the distinct cultures and groups that make up our communities is an important part of Canada's national identity. Apart from the wider community, however, these groups are often faced with unique issues and challenges. For police, enhanced awareness of these issues is key to communicating and interacting with these groups in an informed and respectful manner.

Breaking the News: Death Notification Training

Notifying a family of a loved one's sudden death is one of the most difficult and stressful tasks police officers perform. In these situations, officers must not only deal with the shock and grief of the family, but also their own emotions. Training is crucial for preparing police, emergency response personnel, and other support workers to communicate with survivors in an informed and competent way during a tragic situation.

Coming Sept 1st: Recognition of Emotionally Disturbed Persons

On September 1st, CPKN will launch a free learning pilot of Recognition of Emotionally Disturbed Persons, an introductory e-learning course to help law enforcement personnel manage situations involving individuals in crisis.

Police Sector Council Funds National e-learning Initiative

The Police Sector Council (PSC) and CPKN have signed an agreement to develop four e-learning courses. Funded through the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program, each course has been selected for relevance to a nationwide police audience and will be delivered in both official languages. Furthermore, during the initial months after release, each course will be offered at no cost to members of the Canadian police community for a designated introductory period.

Firearms Identification Pilot Underway

Through the support of the Canada Firearms Centre (CAFC) and the Police Sector Council, Firearms Identification for Public Agents is now available free of charge to all law enforcement personnel as part of a six month pilot program.

New Release: Characteristics of an Armed Person

As access to firearms becomes increasingly common on the street, the ability to recognize the signs and indications that an individual is armed is an essential skill for front-line officers.

Stolen Innocence: A Free Learning Resource

Stolen Innocence: A Police Guide to Online Child Exploitation is now available as a free learning resource to all CPKN police users. This 18 minute video is a valuable aid for any officer, and particularly front-line personnel who may respond to computer-based child exploitation calls.

Coming June 1st: Firearms Identification for Public Agents

CPKN and the Canada Firearms Centre are currently collaborating to produce Firearms Identification for Public Agents, an online learning course designed to teach the correct procedures and protocols to identify firearms to the Canadian standard.

Update to LMS Login Process

With the introduction of service-specific portals on the CPKN Learning Management System (LMS), CPKN has recently modified the user login process.

Sandy Sweet Named CPKN President

At the latest meeting of the CPKN Board of Directors, RA Sandy Sweet was elected President of CPKN, taking the place of John Arnold who retired in January. Mr. Sweet, who served as Vice President since 2004, is also CEO for the organization.

Investigative Communications Revamped

The Investigative Communications course that was first released in 2004 is now offered as three short courses. Originally a six hour course, it is now delivered as three, two-hour courses: Interviewing, The Theory of Communication and Memory, and The Theory of Truth and Deception.

New Release: Hate Crimes Awareness

Hate and bias crimes are a daily reality in communities across Canada. Rooted in personal, economic, familial, or societal prejudices, these events promote fear, insecurity, and disunity among minority communities.

John Arnold Retires as CPKN President

Upon seeing his vision for a new police training model take shape and take hold, John Arnold has stepped down as President of CPKN. In his address to the Board of Directors, John expressed his pleasure in being involved in CPKN's creation and evolution.

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