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Staged Collisions Hits the Mark: Free Learning Pilot Concludes

Thousands of police officers across the country have upped the ante on auto fraud. More than 4200 learners from 144 policing agencies across Canada took advantage of free, year-long access to Identifying Staged Collisions.

Sponsored by Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and delivered via CPKN, the pilot concluded on December 31st and drew high praise from participants.

"[This course provided] lots of useful tips and information that I would have typically overlooked while investigating motor vehicle collisions," says one participant. "And beyond staged events, it offered some valuable pointers for investigating any MVC."

Developed by York Regional Police in collaboration with IBC, Identifying Staged Collisions was produced as a frontline defense against escalating rates of auto insurance scams, giving investigating officers practical information to recognize and respond to a staged collision event. Of the nearly 600 survey respondents, 91% gave the course high marks for overall quality and indicated that they would recommend it to their colleagues. Three-quarters of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they would be able to use what they learned in the course. Participants stated that it is a useful resource for novice and experienced officers alike.

"We're very pleased with the results of this initiative," says Richard Dubin, VP of Investigative Services at IBC. "Thousands of police officers are now better informed about the tactics used by organized auto fraud rings. We believe that knowledge will disrupt a billion dollar industry that negatively impacts all Canadians."

York Regional Police is also impressed by the outcomes.

"From an individual learner's perspective, this has clearly been a huge success," says Sgt. Tony Cummins of YRP's Training and Education Bureau. "But from the broader perspective, this project shows the real value of building multi-sector partnerships to address a common problem. In this case, it will help officers across the country combat a very serious issue."

While the free access pilot has concluded, Identifying Staged Collisions will continue to be available to frontline officers via CPKN. For additional information, please visit www.cpkn.ca/course_staged_collisions.

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