"Police training is integral to helping ensure the safety and security of Canadians," said Minister Blaney. "Policing is a complex and demanding profession that requires officers to respond to a wide variety of situations with skill and professionalism. Offering high-quality, specialized training and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of how we deliver this training have never been more important."
The objectives of the Police Education & Learning Summit were to:
- Understand learning needs and opportunities for Canadian police services.
- Learn about technology-enhanced training and other innovative learning solutions from industry experts.
- Prioritize training needs, current and future, for the Canadian police sector.
It is the latest in a series of activities aimed at ensuring the sustainability of policing in Canada.
"Canada has excellent policing services that are respected right around the globe," said Minister Fantino. "By bringing together key policing stakeholders we are demonstrating that we all share a strong commitment to sharpening skills, deepening partnerships and maintaining the very highest standards in policing in Canada."
"This Summit is an environment where the police community can find common ground on the future of training in this country," says Sandy Sweet, President of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network. "By sharing the challenges, innovations, and best practices at play we are laying the groundwork for a collaborative, sustainable model."
Over the last year federal, provincial and territorial governments, along with key policing stakeholders, worked together to fulfill three commitments FPT Ministers made at their 2012 meetings. In January, the Summit on the Economics of Policing brought together law enforcement and policing officials and experts from across the country to discuss policing reform and innovation, while in August Public Safety Canada launched the Index of Policing Initiatives, a searchable database containing 140 innovative initiatives submitted by police services and governments from across Canada.
For more information, please visit the Web site www.publicsafety.gc.ca.