CPKN Takes Silver at GTEC

The Canadian Police Knowledge Network vied with Canada's top e-service providers to earn silver at the annual GTEC Distinction Awards Gala in Gatineau, Quebec. As one of hundreds of nominated projects, CPKN emerged among the leaders for its national achievements in the development and delivery of e-learning solutions for Canada's policing sector.

Designed to celebrate leadership, innovation, and excellence in e-technologies for the public sector, GTEC (Government Technology Exhibition and Conference) formally recognizes organizations that advance the delivery of services through improved management of information and technology. CPKN, an initiative created through Holland College's Justice Knowledge Network based in Charlottetown, PEI, was distinguished for increasing the accessibility and efficiency of police training in Canada. Working directly with police services and training organizations, CPKN develops innovative online training options to support front-line operations for police and other law enforcement agencies.

"Our team is extremely proud to receive the recognition of such a prominent body of leaders from Canada's technology sector," says Sandy Sweet, COO of CPKN. "It reinforces the fact that work we do is meeting a very real need in the Canadian policing community and has a significant impact on the ability of officers to safely and effectively carry out their duties in communities across the country."

CPKN's award in the Human Dimension category recognizes this not-for-profit's outstanding contribution to the application and use of technology to enhance government at municipal, provincial, and federal levels. As police services across Canada face the retirement of significant numbers of experienced officers, constrained budgets, and a continually growing list of training requirements to meet the evolving needs of our communities, CPKN's e-learning options enable services to access training for more officers, more often with significant savings in time and money. The online delivery platform condenses traditional classroom training times by approximately two-thirds and provides 24/7, self-paced access for learners. This model not only considerably reduces or eliminates scheduling issues and travel-related costs, but also increases productivity and the time officers spend on the job.