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Order of the Black Socks

Sandy Sweet presents Halton Regional's Black Socks to Sgt. Duncan Foot.

The Order of the Black Socks is an elite group of policing 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.

Current members of the Order are:

2016

As part of the 10th annual Stanhope Conference, Black Socks were presented to individuals who have demonstrated on-going commitment to the advancement of police learning.

  • Supt. George Bench – Niagara Police Service
  • Mike Besner – Ottawa Police Service
  • Sarah Camus – Canadian Police Knowledge Network
  • Chief Roger Chaffin – Calgary Police Service
  • Chief (ret'd) Devon Clunis - Winnipeg Police Service
  • Supt. Sue Decock - Ontario Provincial Police
  • Mitch Javidi – Institute for Credible Leadership Development
  • Sgt. Sean O’Brien – Toronto Police Service
  • Supt. Hugh Stevenson - Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario
  • Sgt. George Swirszcz - Waterloo Regional Police Service
  • Angela Vinasco - INTERPOL Global Complexe for Innovation

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2014

  • Canadian Police Association
  • Regina Police Service
  • Justice Institute of BC

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2013

  • Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service
  • Saskatoon Police Service
  • Honorary Member: Andrew McKee, Victoria Police (Australia)

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2012

  • Abbotsford Police Department
  • Environment Canada

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2011

  • Atlantic Police Academy
  • École nationale de police du Québec
  • Ontario Police Academy
  • Ottawa Police Service
  • Peel Regional Police
  • Vancouver Police Department

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2010

  • BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • London Police Service
  • Rothesay Regional Police Force

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2009

  • Ontario Police Video Training Alliance
  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Halton Regional Police Service
  • Honorary Member: Danny Murphy, our host
    for the 2009 wrap up dinner and celebration.

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2008

  • Durham Regional Police Service
  • Winnipeg Police Service
  • Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
  • Waterloo Regional Police Service
  • Calgary Police Service
  • Edmonton Police Service
  • Toronto Police Service
  • York Regional Police
  • Kentville Police Service
  • RCMP
  • RCMP Canada Firearms Centre
  • Police Sector Council

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