Competency & Values

The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) aims to support all policing professionals, now and into the future. It sets out nationally recognised behaviours and values, which will provide a consistent foundation for a range of local and national processes. This framework will ensure that there are clear expectations of everyone working in policing which in turn will lead to standards being raised for the benefit and safety of the public.

The CVF has been developed by the College of Policing to deliver on Recommendation 3 of the Leadership Review. The CVF will replace the Policing Professional Framework (PPF) Personal Qualities to help with the assessment of values in local and national recruitment as well as helping to further embed the Code of Ethics.

The College of Policing in consultation with the Professional Committee has set the end of the financial year 17/18 as the date by which forces should adopt the CVF. The PPF Personal Qualities will still be available to use until this time to help forces manage the transition to the new framework.


The framework has six competencies that are clustered into three groups. Under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice. All of the competencies are underpinned by four values that should support everything we do as a police service.

Competency and Values Framework for policing

Each cluster has a heading and a description of why that area is important. Each competency includes a description and a list of behaviours which indicate that a person is displaying that particular competence. Each competency is split into three levels which are intended to be used flexibly to allow for a better fit with frontline and non-frontline policing roles rather than ranks or work levels. The levels are designed to be cumulative, so those working at higher levels should also demonstrate each preceding level’s behaviours. The competency levels can broadly be matched to work levels as:

  • level 1 – practitioner
  • level 2 – supervisor/middle manager
  • level 3 – senior manager/executive
A number of national role profiles show how the competency levels align to common roles within policing. These can be used as a basis for developing further role profiles within each local police force. The following sections of this document explain each value and competency and show the behaviours for each.