An online training course to educate Pennsylvania police officers about the issue of human trafficking has captured a Gold Award for New Media and Web Design/eLearning in the 44th Annual Creativity Media & Interactive competition.
Created by JPL for the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, “Investigating Human Trafficking” is designed to help increase awareness and understanding by exploring the types of human trafficking, indicators of victims and traffickers, steps for assessing the crime scene and tactics for communicating with the victim.
Using design elements to elevate the level of emotional connections to this topic, JPL instructional designers engage the learner and convey messages and feelings that help transfer knowledge and change behavior. The eLearning course helps officers understand misconceptions about human trafficking and realize practical ways to handle situations in the field.
“The training is impactful, memorable and educational,” said JPL Learning Solutions Consultant Jennifer Kerwin. “The officers interact with the course and apply solutions for investigating human trafficking in real life situations,” she added.
For example, when officers deal with a potential human trafficking case involving a group of people, it may be difficult to distinguish between the trafficker and the victim. In the training module, “Assessing the Crime Scene,” officers are placed in a scenario where they have to identify clues and associate the clues with the trafficker or the victim.
“The human trafficking course enables police officers to take training on demand so they can spend more time in the field fighting crimes such as human trafficking. The graphics in the course help convey the severity of human trafficking and connect the officers to real situations where they may encounter these crimes,” said Chris Braun, technology coordinator for the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
More than 11,000 Pennsylvania law enforcement officers are currently registered to take the online course. Content contributors include: PA Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA); PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD); PA Coalition Against Rape (PCAR); PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV); Delaware County District Attorney Pearl Kim and the Polaris Project.
There are more than 20 eLearning courses currently offered on PAVTN.net, a virtual training network created by JPL and operated by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, with more scheduled in the coming months.
About JPL: JPL combines creativity and interactivity to design engaging learning experiences that improve performance. The firm partners with clients from strategy through content development and technology implementation. JPL’s learning solutions produce results in leading global corporations, associations and government agencies.
About Creativity International Awards
The purpose and core existence of Creativity remains unchanged since its creation by Art Direction Magazine in 1970 ~ award and recognize great design from around the world. Creativity International Awards is one of the longest running, independent advertising and graphic design competitions. Open to both students and professionals from around the world Creativity International Awards is judged by a rotating panel of advertising and design professionals who volunteer their time and knowledge without personal agenda or bias. Creativity strives to be a self-promotion vehicle for the savvy designer or marketer – winners receive certificates, press releases, free icons and self-promotion tools, are featured online and in an app and top tier winners are featured in the traveling exhibit that appears at prominent design conferences and events around the world. Creativity International Awards follows all guidelines for ethical contests recommended by the Graphic Artists Guild. The Creativity International Awards is currently based in Louisville, KY and is a privately held company.