The trend of growing average age of the Austrian federal state personnel has become evident over recent years. This development has been identified as a challenge also in the Vienna State Police Directorate; strategies are to be formulated to ensure polices future capability despite the demographic shift. This master thesis identifies the leadership competencies and management tools for securing and transferring knowledge in the Vienna police in times of demographic change. Methodologically, the thesis utilises a mixed-methods approach. First, the criteria for construing knowledge in the Vienna police specifically were identified through semi-structured expert interviews. Second, the leadership competencies and management tools seen as necessary for securing and transferring knowledge in the Vienna police times of demographic change were identified with the help of a standardised survey including policewomen and policemen both from operational and management levels. Interview analysis has shown the absence of a distinct vocabulary or criteria set for the whole of knowledge in the Vienna police. In general, the concepts “implicit knowledge” and “explicit knowledge” are used frequently. Nevertheless, due to the multi-layered character of the police job and the complexity of missions, subcategories for these two areas have developed. Implicit knowledge is thus detailed as task proficiency, experiential knowledge as well as mission-related intuitive and tactical conduct. Explicit knowledge, on the other hand, was identified through categories of expert knowledge, legal knowledge and target group-oriented knowledge. Interpreting the survey results has enabled the finding that both operatives and managers see potential in a similar mixture of social and expert leadership competencies and simple, clearly structured management tools, such as the objective setting interview conducted in the frame of the annual performance and development dialogue, trainings and ad hoc lectures.