The Council has facilitated the identification of 18 behavioural competencies – knowledge, skills and abilities for successful performance of general policing duties. These are detailed to 5 levels of proficiency, defining the expected behaviours as work increases in complexity and scope.

List of Behavioural Competencies found in the Competency Dictionary

Achievement Orientation
Conflict Management
Critical Judgment
Developing Self and Others
Fostering Relationships
Interactive Communication
Organizational Awareness
Planning and Organizing
Problem Solving
Resource Management
Risk Management
Strategic Thinking
Stress Tolerance
Written Skills

These competencies are used in developing Competency Profiles – the profiles define the policing roles using some combination – usually 8 or 9 – of critical competencies drawn from the 3 competency categories.

Role task lists capture the work and competency profiles capture the “how” the competencies are applied to ensure the work is done well. Competency profiles function as occupation standards.

For more information please contact the Council at the email address below.

PLEASE NOTE: The detailed CBM (Competency-based Management) materials are the Intellectual Property of Canadian Policing and are ONLY available to police services and organizations supporting them. To access these materials contact the Canadian Police Knowledge Network by email at