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Firearms Identification Pilot Underway

Through the support of the Canada Firearms Centre (CAFC) and the Police Sector Council, Firearms Identification for Public Agents is now available free of charge to all law enforcement personnel as part of a six month pilot program.

Designed to teach how to accurately identify and describe firearms to the Canadian standard, CAFC collaborated with CPKN to develop an online version of its classroom-based Firearms Identification program. This new learning approach will improve learner access and easily manage the substantial increase in training demand that is expected in the coming year.

"With our traditional classroom program, our trainers are able to train about 1000 people across Canada each year," says Jeff Brandt, Registrar of Firearms at the Canada Firearms Centre. "However, with the remaining sections of the Public Agents Firearms Regulations1 coming into force later this fall, the demand for training is expected to double. Web-based delivery will ensure CAFC is able meet those increased demands and ensure public agencies can effectively meet their obligations under the regulations."

Under the Public Agents Firearms Regulations, which come into effect at midnight on October 31st, all public agencies will be required to report their firearm inventory to the Registrar. Identifying firearms to the Canadian standard will improve the efficiency and increase the accuracy of the information reported under the Regulations, as well as in the day to day operational duties of all public agents.

The pilot period for this course (June 2 - November 30) is subsidized by the Federal government's Sector Council Program through the Police Sector Council. It is an opportunity for learners to take advantage of no-cost e-learning and provide direct feedback that will be used in the future development of CPKN courseware.

"The Council is very pleased to once again support an initiative that has positive impact on the skills of law enforcement personnel across the country," says Geoff Gruson, Executive Director of the Police Sector Council. "Based on the success of the CPIC Query Narrative pilot in 2007, we firmly believe e-learning is the best means of consistently delivering mandatory curriculum across a range of agencies and jurisdictions. In addition to Firearms Identification for Public Agents, PSC will be supporting the development of three new courses in the coming year and will collect data from training pilots to advance pan-Canadian learning projects."

Firearms Identification for Public Agents is the first of several CAFC courses that will be adapted for online delivery through CPKN. Of those planned projects, Enhanced Firearms Identification and Firearms Safety are expected to be released later this year.

For more information on the Public Agents Firearms Regulations and firearms-reporting requirements, please visit www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca/info_for-renseignement/police_public_agents/police-ag....