In preparation for the legalization of cannabis on October 17, Canadian police officers now have access to a new training module.
The online course, Introduction to Cannabis Legislation, is available free of charge in both English and French and was developed in partnership with the RCMP, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN).
“This initiative is one more step to prepare us for the new cannabis legislation. When police agencies can work together on standardized training, we all win,” said RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki in a press release.
“Ultimately, our goal is to give all police officers the training they need to keep Canadians safe.”
CPKN President, Sandy Sweet, said that “this initiative could become a best practice for future legislative changes impacting policing in Canada. Through this partnership, we were able to achieve a mass distribution of online training at a very low cost, using existing resources and infrastructure.”
The course is designed to train officers in the following areas:
- Identify cannabis in its various forms and relate it to legal quantities
- Differentiate between the medical and non-medical cannabis regimes
- Recognize criminal offences under the Cannabis Act
- Articulate the elements and powers of arrest for each offence under the Cannabis Act
- Identify hazards as they relate to environments involving cannabis
- Understand how the new Act will impact policing in Indigenous communities on reserve
- Make appropriate linkages to other training related to drug-impaired driving
- Apply strategies to assist with critical thinking through unknown or new situations
In addition to this course, the RCMP has also developed Basic Impaired Driving Detection Techniques, and the standard field sobriety test (SFST) Review and Introduction to Drug Impaired Driving, both available online.
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