New PSC Courses Selected for 2011/2012

As a result of CPKN’s annual Course Selection Process, three new courses have been selected for development as part of the Police Sector Council’s national e-learning initiative; an additional two courses are undergoing further review. These courses represent about half of the new titles that will be added to CPKN’s catalogue in 2011/2012.

During the April 2011 to March 2012 period, CPKN will develop training on Personal Protection Strategy, Items of Religious Significance, and Introduction to Courtroom Testimony. Funded by the Police Sector Council, these courses will be delivered in both French and English and, on release, will be offered as free Learning & Evaluation events to the Canadian police and law enforcement communities for a four month period.

Peel Regional Police Service will be the Content Provider for Personal Protection Strategy which will assist police, fire, emergency medical service workers and justice service workers in protecting themselves from communicable diseases that may exist within their overlapping work environments. With content provided by the Toronto Police Service, Items of Religious Significance will explore the issues associated with search and possible seizure of various religious articles that are prevalent in Canada’s multi-cultural society. York Regional Police will provide the content for the Courtroom Testimony course which will focus on courtroom etiquette, testimony, and proceedings for new police officers.

Internet Social Networking and Frontline Supervisor are also being considered for potential development. Additional information (i.e. subject matter expert availability, scope of content for a national audience, etc.) is currently being gathered on these topics. Confirmation on the final two courses is expected in the spring of 2011.

These courses were selected from a pool of eleven topics that were submitted, reviewed, and voted on by the police community. Votes were collected from twenty-nine policing organizations which ranked each topic according to relevance, priority, and risk. These agencies also provided estimations on numbers of potential users. CPKN’s National Advisory Group, which consists of police training professionals, practitioners, and decision-makers from the policing sector, were tasked with making the final selections.

“During final deliberations, the Advisory Group has to balance voting results with the business case for CPKN,” says Bill Gibson, CPKN Manager of Strategic Initiatives, who oversees the Course Selection Process. “These courses represent significant investments for the Police Sector Council, for the Content Provider agencies, and for CPKN -- they have to be relevant as well as enduring.”

Since 2007, the Police Sector Council has funded the development of fifteen nationally applicable courses for Canada’s police and law enforcement communities. To date, more than 22,000 learners have successfully completed these courses via CPKN. Thousands more have accessed these courses on independent learning platforms, such as the RCMP’s AGORA and OPP Learn.