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CPC Takes Blended Approach to Criminal Intelligence Training

The Canadian Police College is moving ahead with a blended delivery model for criminal intelligence training. In recent months CPC has worked with CPKN to create two new online courses: Introduction to Criminal Intelligence and Introduction to Criminal Intelligence Analysis. These will be pre-requisites to existing CPC courses.

“Blended delivery will benefit course participants and instructors alike,” says Filomena Silva, a Team Leader within CPC’s Curriculum Design Branch. “Prior to attending a CPC course, learners will be able to acquire basic knowledge and skills at their own pace, in their own workplace. Consequently, learners will begin the classroom portion of the course on equal footing. This will allow instructors to spend more time on practical sessions and hands-on exercises.”

In late March, Introduction to Criminal Intelligence was launched via CPKN. This course, which is a pre-requisite to CPC’s Tactical Intelligence Analysis (TIAC) and Strategic Intelligence Analysis (SIAC) courses, is a general introduction to the intelligence process. It reviews each element of the intelligence process and defines how those components contribute to the development of criminal intelligence. It also examines how criminal intelligence is produced and helps learners identify the role they play in the process within their own agency and in the broader intelligence community in Canada.

In early May, a second course, Introduction to Criminal Intelligence Analysis, was released on CPKN. Designed to provide learners with basic intelligence analysis skills, this course focuses on the intelligence process, critical thinking, and link analysis techniques. Moreover, using a case study, it provides an opportunity to apply those techniques to prepare a criminal intelligence report. This course is also a pre-requisite to CPC’s TIAC course.

“These are foundation courses for building intelligence skills,” says Raymond Touchette, CPC Course Coordinator. “They provide the fundamental concepts related to the intelligence process and ensure police officers and law enforcement personnel get the most out of more in-depth classroom sessions.”

“Working with CPKN to create these courses significantly streamlined this initiative,” adds Touchette. “Their procedures for design, development, and delivery eliminates a lot of the guesswork and overhead for building content for an online environment -- allowing our team to concentrate on the content, rather than the technical aspects of a new delivery model.”

Both of these courses will be delivered to learners via CPKN. However, candidates for CPC’s TIAC and SIAC courses must register via the CPC Registrar. Access to the pre-requisite online courses will be administered by CPC staff. Alternatively, these courses are also available as stand-alone offerings to the general Canadian police and law enforcement community. They may be accessed by any individual who falls under Categories I, II, or III of Criminal Intelligence Service Canada member agencies. These individuals may register to these courses directly via CPKN. Initially launched in English, French language versions will also be released later this year.

Beyond Criminal Intelligence
In addition to the criminal intelligence courses, CPC is collaborating with CPKN to develop a new pre-course to CPC’s Forensic Identification course. The online pre-course focuses on forensic photography with a concentration on the use of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras. Learners will explore various photography techniques and influences and will become familiar with the features of a DSLR camera. The course includes a 3D animation component to enhance familiarity with a typical camera used by forensic experts in the field. The Forensic Identification Pre-Course will be released to learners in Summer 2011.

“CPC recognizes that a blended approach to training offers advantages that traditional delivery models just can’t provide,” concludes Silva. “Moving forward, we will continue to explore new opportunities for blended learning that will maximize the accessibility and effectiveness of CPC offerings.”

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For more information on these new offerings, see the course descriptions at:

Introduction to Criminal Intelligence: www.cpkn.ca/course_intro_criminal_intelligence

Introduction to Criminal Intelligence Analysis: www.cpkn.ca/course_criminal_intelligence_analysis

Forensic Identification Pre-Course: www.cpkn.ca/course_forensic_identification_precourse