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The 2005 Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Conference wrapped up this week. The theme of this year's conference was "Emerging Issues: Make Sense of Policing Tomorrow."
While the initial sessions of the conference highlighted the changing legal landscape and internet crimes, the final two sessions of the conference focused on trends that are likely to shape the future of police human resource management, training and education.
In 2003, Human Resources Development Canada released the first-ever specific study of public policing in regards to planning, recruitment, training, promotion and retention of personnel. This report was a driving factor in the creation of the Canadian Police Sector Council (CPSC) and essentially formed the basis for the "Future Trends in Police Human Resource Management" session. The panel reminded the audience that the most valued and expensive assets in police organizations are its people and that the need for effective HR practices is becoming increasingly critical for success.
Members on the subsequent panel addressed some of these issues by presenting possible solutions in regards to future training and learning initiatives. CPKN's Vice-President, Sandy Sweet, York Regional Police Deputy Chief, Bruce Herridge, Ontario Police College Director, Rudy Gheysen and Toronto Police Service's Training Manager, Chuck Lawrence, highlighted the trends that will significantly affect police training and education in the future. E-learning was a predominant topic of the session as a possible solution to manage training challenges in this rapidly changing and increasingly complex environment.
CPKN would like to extend its thanks to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, 2005 OACP Conference organizing committee and the host organization, Toronto Police Service, for organizing an excellent conference.
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