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. Designed to validate e-learning design and development procedures, the endorsement process will add a consistent, structured national perspective to quality assurance. It will also further strengthen CPKN's ability to identify and develop key training initiatives to meet the frontline needs of the sector.

Representing Canadian police services at municipal, regional, provincial, and federal levels, the CACP is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Working through committees and active liaison with various levels of government, the CACP pursues numerous initiatives on behalf of the policing sector. Amid some of the most complex and important matters facing policing in Canada today, the CACP recognizes frontline officer training to be a primary factor in achieving the highest possible level of public safety and security for all Canadians.

Since 2006, the CACP has endorsed CPKN's mandate to provide online training to fulfill the training needs of the Canadian police community. And while that mandate remains the same, the process of how that online training is selected, developed, and delivered is continually evolving.

"Canada's policing sector has been moving towards an increasingly collaborative model for developing and delivering training," says Steven Chabot, Deputy Director General of the Sûreté du Québec and CACP President. "Web-based delivery has made knowledge sharing and cross-jurisdictional training more feasible than ever. The technology is proven - - we now need to focus on a means to ensure that the training put out there is based on recognized best practices from services across the country. An endorsement process whereby a national body can analyze and authenticate the rigors associated with a training course is a critical component of that overall approach."

The CACP endorsement process will assess CPKN learning products against identified best practices for course training standards, instructional design, course development, and quality reviews. CACP's HR Committee, a nationally represented body that facilitates the exchange of ideas, procedures, and information relating to human resource issues in policing, will conduct audits of the development process for select CPKN courses. Following a review of the documentation associated with an established nine step development process, and CPKN's adherence to that process, the HR Committee will put forward a recommendation to the CACP Board of Directors to issue an endorsement.

"This process is indicative of the growing sense of ownership that the policing sector feels for CPKN," says Sandy Sweet, President and CEO of CPKN. "While we've always been a 'for police, by police' entity, the past couple of years have brought a more cooperative approach to the exchange of knowledge and information between police services. As this trend continues, CPKN is increasingly recognized as the one of the means to achieve collaborative training objectives. "

Any CPKN course that demonstrates applicability to a national police audience is eligible for consideration under the endorsement process. While new courses will be given priority, existing courses from the CPKN catalogue may also be submitted for review. For courses that successfully fulfill the requirements of the endorsement process, CPKN will be permitted to use CACP's logo on course-specific promotional materials.

"We're extremely pleased with CACP's involvement," says Sweet. "The endorsement process is not only a significant step in substantiating the quality of our products, but will also produce a more inclusive, sector-based approach in the overall process."