CPKN Current News

CPKN Current News

Atlantic Police Academy Seeks Executive Director

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: http://www.hollandcollege.com/careers/.

The application deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017.

2017 F. Darren Smith Award

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 their organizations; initiates new projects that use Technology Enhanced Learning solutions; and, inspires and motivates colleagues to embrace technology enhanced learning. “CPKN’s Board of Directors is pleased to continue to honour the Darren’s contribution and legacy. present this award to Sean O’Brien,” says Sandy Sweet. “Sean, who worked with Darren, embodies the true spirit of the award.”


Pictured are: Chief Kimberley Greenwood, Chair of the CPKN Board of Directors; Sergeant Sean O'Brien; and, Sandy Sweet, President of CPKN.

Remembering 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

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 Support@cpkn.ca.

JIBC develops fentanyl safety resource for first responders

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...

Back in Step: Police and First Responders helping Homeless Veterans

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.

CPKN Honours its Founder and First President

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.

Conference Explores Current Issues in Police Learning

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.

Tearing Down the Wall: Preventing Suicide among First Responders

“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.

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