Competency Profiles

Once the “work” of policing is understood and the tasks for each role have been identified and described, the underlying competency requirements for successful performance of the tasks can be documented.

This competency approach focuses on fully defining both the “what” (work/tasks) and the “how” (competencies) to do it well. The importance of the competencies is that they are standardized, clear and measurable, directly linked to tasks.
The Council has captured and validated the 42 competencies and defined the 33 most common policing roles in terms of key or critical competencies to perform the work successfully – called “competency profiles” or occupation standards.

Competency profiles have been developed and validated for the following roles

• 8 general duty roles
• 21 investigation roles
• 4 leadership/management roles

For more information on the competency profiles and the complete role definitions please contact the Council at the e-mail address in the box 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