Subject details

After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

  1. Interpret and apply empirical literature to demonstrate knowledge of the organisation and management of policing in Australia.
  2. Identify and discern police interventions, and understand how the historical backdrop informs them.
  3. Critically analyse organisational policy related to crime control and police operations.
  4. Apply evidence-based and procedurally-just practices that recognise the needs of diverse communities.
    • Introduction: What is Policing? Historical Overview of Policing
    • Structures of police organisations
    • The Tapestry of Social Control; New Plural Police
    • Police Recruitment and Leadership
    • Police Corruption and Accountability
    • The Standard Model of Policing/Community Policing
    • Hot Spots and Problem Oriented Policing
    • Investigations
    • Police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice
    • Policing Diverse Communities
    • The Future of Policing
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links


This is not an introductory subject, it is a second year subject. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology subjects. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject focuses on policing in Australia. It commences with its historical development, including the impact of the English tradition. This is followed by an analysis of a variety of organisational issues and an examination of a range of operational strategies of policing

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the subject offering.

  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)

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Textbook information is pending.

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