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Scratching the Surface: Report from Stanhope 2010

Last week's Stanhope Conference was a spotlight for many good news stories from policing agencies across the country.

And while the progress around the integration of online learning in policing is impressive, it's clear that Canada's police community is only just scratching the surface of e-learning's full potential.

During the past four years, the annual Stanhope Conference has become the hub for advancing Canada's online police training environment. This year, representatives from more than 40 policing agencies from Victoria to Newfoundland and beyond gathered to identify challenges, share solutions, and build a broader knowledge-base of technology-enhanced training options.

"Police services around the globe face the same fundamental challenges around training," says Julian Fantino, former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police and Chair of CPKN's Board of Directors. "Time and money are always the limiting factors. Stanhope is a linchpin event for building the network needed to develop e-learning as part of a collective solution."

Sponsored by the Police Sector Council, CPKN, and the Province of Prince Edward Island, the Stanhope Conference is a collaborative forum that explores issues that impact the implementation and advancement of online learning. Over two days, representatives from agencies including York Regional Police, Ottawa Police Service, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, the Ecole nationale de police du Québec, Toronto Police Service and INTERPOL shared how they are successfully using e-learning to meet training demands within their organizations. In addition to presenting its preliminary findings on The State of e-Learning in Canadian Policing, the Police Sector Council shared its work around a competency-based framework for the sector. The RCMP and the National Research Council reported on the use of simulation and other emerging technologies that will form the basis of future training tools. And in between all that, delegates discussed, debated, and worked to identify ways to grow and expand e-learning within the policing community.

"This has been a rewarding experience," says Chief Myles Burke of the Cape Breton Regional Police, a first-time participant at Stanhope. "This conference taps into a vast amount of knowledge within the police community. Access to that kind of experience is invaluable in helping all services advance online training curriculums."

For more information on Stanhope 2010 outcomes, visit http://stanhopeconference.com/outcomes_2010.html.

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Special Presentations

Several presentations were made during the closing reception at Stanhope 2010. In recognition for their contributions in the development of new courses over the past year, Content Provider plaques were presented to the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, London Police Service, the Ontario Police College, Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, and York Regional Police. In a special presentation, Sandy Sweet, President of CPKN, presented a cheque for $50,000 to the Government of Ontario. These funds represent a percentage of the revenues generated from courses developed by CPKN in collaboration with the Ontario Police College. The cheque was accepted by Bill Stephens, Acting Director of the Ontario Police College.

Order of the Black Socks

Always a highlight of the Stanhope Conference, the Order of the Blacks Socks welcomed three new members into the fold. Created to recognize organizations that demonstrate proactive attitudes and actions to make e-learning a part of their training curriculums, membership in the Order is highly sought after by services and agencies throughout the Canadian policing community. This year's inductees are Rothesay Regional Police Force, London Police Service and the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.