Leadership Competencies

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CPKN is working with project partners, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Canadian Police College (CPC), to update leadership competencies in the Police Sector Council Competency Based Management Framework (CBMF). The project is a result of recommendations from a CBMF Workshop hosted by CPKN in November of 2018.

This project is partially funded by Public Safety Canada with additional contributions from the project partners. To advance the project objectives, a working group has been established with membership from each of the partner organizations. Including:

  • Steve Schnitzer, Chair, CACP Human Resource and Learning Committee
  • A/Comm Serge Côté, Canadian Police College
  • Stacey Morneau, Canadian Police College
  • Sandy Sweet, CPKN
  • Nadine Sutcliffe, CPKN

The working group has engaged the services of the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA) to undertake the research and report development for this project.

CSKA is a non-profit that supports governments and others in the mobilization, integration and facilitation of research and knowledge development that, among other things, informs and improves professional practices across the community safety system and contributes to alignment within the sector.

The team at CSKA brings years of multi-disciplinary experience and knowledge relevant to policing, community safety and competencies.

Project Updates

On January 8, 2020, a brief survey was distributed to police services across the country to Human Resource/Training Departments. The survey will help us to better understand:

  • the gaps between the current competencies in the CBMF and the skills required today in policing at the Chief and Deputy Chief level
  • how the CBMF is currently being used for succession planning, selection and development of police chiefs and senior officers

Deadline to complete the survey is January 22, 2020 and results from this survey will be used to inform discussions at an upcoming workshop to be hosted in Ontario in late January. We look forward to hearing from you!

We hope to receive only one survey per service, if you want to learn more about how your police service can participate in the survey, please contact Nadine Sutcliffe.

Project Activities

  • Engage Consultant

    Through an RFP Process, CSKA was contracted to conduct a literature review, develop a survey, host webinars, facilitate a workshop, and present the final report.

  • Webinar

    A webinar, targeted to participants of the November 2018 Workshop, will be hosted on December 12, 2019. This will be an opportunity to hear the results of the literature review, learn more about the project and provide input on the survey. Participants in the webinar will communicate what they learn within their respective networks. An update on this discussion will also be available online.

  • Leadership Competency Survey

    In early January a survey will be distributed to police services through human resource and training departments. The survey will be open for two weeks and we encourage broad participation! Survey feedback will be an important part of the workshop discussions and final report.

  • Leadership Competency Workshop

    In late January 2020, a two-day workshop will take place in Ottawa. This will include 35 participants with expertise in competency development and implementation and will represent members from the police community and the competency framework advisory committee established in November 2018.

  • Webinar

    A second webinar will be hosted mid-March 2020. This will allow all those interested in attending to hear about the final report and provide feedback prior to a final draft and project wrap-up.

  • Final Report

    A final report and updated dictionary will be available through CPKN and other project partners after March 31, 2020. This dictionary will also be used to update the Police Sector Council CBMF.

  • Updated Technology

    As part of this project, CPKN will research and develop a secure online environment to house the competencies. The goal will be to have an online space that is easy to access and update and provides opportunities for more discussion and interaction.

Want to find out more?

Contact Nadine Sutcliffe.