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CPKN Releases Results of FIPA Pilot

CPKN recently released the results of the Firearms Identification for Public Agents pilot that was delivered between June 2 and November 30, 2008.

Developed in collaboration with the RCMP's Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) and funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program (through the Police Sector Council), this pilot successfully delivered training to 1928 individuals. This demonstrates a vast increase of 285.6% over the number of individuals who could be trained in the same period using CFP's classroom-based training, thus fulfilling a key objective of the pilot.

Pilot participants came from a broad range of police and law enforcement agencies including RCMP, municipal, provincial, and First Nations police services, border services, courts, military police, and government agencies and represented a diverse range of firearms identification experience within these agencies. Of those learners who successfully completed the course, 1755 (91%) completed the post-course survey. Highlighted results include:

* 93% of survey respondents achieved their learning objectives
* 89% of all respondents agreed/strongly agreed that they experienced an increase in knowledge and confidence when identifying firearms after completion of this course
* 90% of respondents agreed/strongly agreed that the course improved their understanding of the Firearms Reference Table
* 89% of respondents stated that they would recommend this course to a colleague
* 64% of respondents indicated they would be interested in taking advanced firearms identification and safety training programs

In addition to testing the effectiveness of the courseware, this pilot was a testing ground to examine larger questions surrounding online training. Overall, this pilot demonstrated several key points, including:

* Online delivery of this course will significantly improve CFP's ability to manage expected increases in training demands (due to new regulations within the Firearms Act)
* Learners reported a high level of satisfaction with this course showing that e-learning does represent a viable solution to enhancing and improving learner skill sets.
* Introduced and promoted e-learning to a wide range of law enforcement agencies across the country
* Expected to be a determining factor in those organizations incorporating more e-learning into their existing training curriculums.

For a copy of the full FIPA Pilot Evaluation Report, please contact Nadine Sutcliffe, CPKN Operations Manager, at nadine.sutcliffe@cpkn.ca or 902-629-4262.