Course Title: Apply Policing Principles and Practices in a Justice Environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: JUST5148

Course Title: Apply Policing Principles and Practices in a Justice Environment

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Tony Trevan

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 4512

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Nominal Hours: 54

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no Pre-requisites for this course

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to identify and apply the structure, function and role of Policing in Victoria within the Criminal Justice Community.  It also includes the investigation and implementation of appropriate Policing strategies and processes to deal with drugs and intoxicated persons, cultural diversity, and to work with people with special needs and psychological disorders.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU379 Apply Policing Principles and Practices in a Justice Environment


01 Investigate the history and role of Policing in Australia

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The function and structure of early policing in Australia is outlined.
1.2 Sir Robert Peel’s impact on policing is examined.
1.3 The objectives of a modern police organisation are analysed.
1.4 Formation of the Victorian and Australian Police Forces is examined.


02 Analyse the role of Police in society

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The role of the police in the enforcement of State and Commonwealth laws is identified.
2.2 The “Office of Constable” concept and the function of the police in the criminal justice system are examined.
2.3 An analysis on the objectives of policing is undertaken to assess the proactive and reactive principles.
2.4 The ethical responsibilities and duties of sworn members are examined.


03 Investigate Ethics and Accountability for Police

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The term “ethical behaviour” in the policing context is defined.
3.2 The consequences of unethical political behaviour are investigated.
3.3 An analysis is conducted to investigate the concept of accountability and its impact on policing.
3.4 Accountability issues in policing are examined.
3.5 An analysis is undertaken to investigate the impact of the police lack of accountability and ethical standards on a community.
3.6 The historical development related to the separation of powers is examined, and its impact on current policing practices and procedures is investigated.


04 Anlayse the Police organization and its relationship with Government

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The police organisation and its relationship with government is analysed.
4.2 The concept of “chain of command” is examined.
4.3 An analysis is conducted to investigate the relationship between the government and the police, and the impact of funding on police organisations.
4.4 Government’s methods of controlling police growth are identified


05 Analyse the powers of Police in contemporary Australia

Performance Criteria:

5,1 The powers of police to control civilian populations are evaluated.
5.2 The powers of police to arrest, search and seize are examined.
5.3 The potential for the abuse of police powers is identified.
5.4 An analysis on the controls placed on police in the exercise of their powers is conducted.


06 Analyse the relationship between Public and Private Policing

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The impact of private policing on communities is investigated.
6.2 The powers of private police are identified.
6.3 The relationship between public and private policing is examined.
6.4 The concept of “user pays” is outlined and its impact on concept to the traditional relationship between the citizen and the criminal justice system is analysed.


07 Investigate the concept of Community Policing

Performance Criteria:

7.1 The role of community policing in Australian policing is identified.
7.2 An analysis on community policing is conducted to examine its usefulness to the community.
7.3 The role of the citizen in community policing is outlined.
7.4 The effectiveness of community policing is evaluated.


08 Analyse the use of Emergency Management Plans and the role of Police in Emergency Management

Performance Criteria:

8.1 The concept of “emergency” is outlined.
8.2 The aims of an Emergency Management Plan are identified.
8.3 The aims of the State Disaster Plan are outlined and its relationship to the National Emergency Management Plan is reviewed.
8.4 The concept of “Aid to the Civil Community” is identified and the amendments to the nearest Defence Force Act, 1903 in 2000 are examined.
8.5 The functions of other government and non government agencies in Emergency Management are investigated.
8.6 The role of the State Disaster Registration and Inquiry System is reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

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Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area

Teaching Schedule

Weekly 3 hour classes from the week commencing 12 July until the end of October. There will be a one week semester break in the first week of September.

Learning Resources

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Overview of Assessment

Assesment of this course will include:

  • Active participation in class room and field Case Studies
  • Weekly Journal entries per class topics
  • Group Oral presentation
  • Exam 

Assessment Tasks

Students will be advised of the details of assessment early in the semester

Assessment Matrix


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