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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.