Competency Dictionary

The Competency Dictionary has three categories of competencies

• behavioural
• technical
• leadership/management

Each competency is presented in a structured manner that includes:

• competency name
• definition
• proficiency scale – scripted indicators detailed in 5 proficiency levels


18 competencies – outlining knowledge, skills and abilities for successful performance of general duties in 8 ranks/roles – detailing the differences in expected behaviours as work increases in complexity and scope


9 competencies – critical for all police officers involved in the investigation of criminal offenses – applying mostly to 21 criminal investigation, forensic and intelligence roles, as well as to general duty officers acting as first responders on crime scenes


14 competencies – part of a leadership framework in four (4) roles, outlining knowledge, skills, and abilities for successful performance. They are organized in 3 groups:

• performance – basic knowledge of business management, including strategic, financial, and HR management
• partnering – foster relationships with others in and outside an organization, and engaging in working together toward a common goal
• accountability – making ethical decisions and being accountable for activities to sustain the trust of employees and the public

Competency Profiles – define the roles by some combination – usually 8 or 9 – of critical competencies drawn from the 3 categories. Role definitions capture the work and the competencies, and “how” the competencies are applied.

These competencies provide a foundation for the review/update of both roles and training courses; and the development of new training for changing roles.

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