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 commsubjecties.

  • Topics
    • 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
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements


This is not an introductory subject, it is a second year subject. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology subjects.

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 - Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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