Policing, Law, Security and Emergency Management
Charles Sturt University is globally recognised as a leading provider of research and education for professionals in law, law enforcement, investigations, terrorism and safety, emergency management, leadership and security.
Our award courses are delivered by CSU's Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS), the School of Policing Studies (SOPS), Centre for Law and Justice, and in partnership with the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES), and include Bachelor, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctoral levels.
About our schools
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)
The AGSPS is internationally recognised as a leader in the law enforcement, emergency management and security industries.
Our courses are designed to meet the complex challenges faced by professionals in an ever-changing world. At the AGSPS we recognise that as a busy professional you require access to high quality courses, which are intellectually rigorous and challenging, but fit with your career and lifestyle commitments.
Our courses are designed to provide this intellectual rigour and are flexibly delivered, including intensive face-to-face, online collaboration and distance education modes. The courses are delivered by leaders in their fields, who have a combination of professional practice and academic experience and maintain close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas.
AGSPS delivers online Bachelor courses for serving police officers, the Bachelor of Policing, for serving police and officers in law enforcement agencies with a policing focus, in order to enhance their professional policing practice and knowledge, and the Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) for serving police officers who intend pursuing a career in investigation. The bachelor courses are available globally.
Graduates of our courses have the creative intellectual capacity and skills which are sought out to fill senior positions in policing, compliance, security and emergency management by law enforcement, regulators and blue chip companies. The teaching and research interests at AGSPS range across a broad spectrum of key global issues including:
- financial crime
- natural disaster emergency management
- intelligence and counterintelligence
- law enforcement and social networking
- transnational crime
Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES)
The Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) is the world’s leading provider of training and education in the highly specialised areas of customs, excise and border management.
Recognised by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and our peers as international leaders in the field of Customs education, we play a key role in establishing and maintaining the WCO Professional Standards.
The quality and range of CCES products and services is unsurpassed. No other organisation provides either the quality or range of practical, academically sound products and services. These are continually updated through our ongoing research activities to reflect contemporary and emerging issues.
The WCO has officially recognised only 14 academic programs that comply fully with the WCO Professional Standards, six of which have been developed by CCES. For this reason, CCES is the trainer of choice for Customs administrations around the world.
Centre for Law and Justice
The Centre for Law and Justice is a team of highly qualified and experienced legal practitioners and researchers. Our Bachelor of Laws is unique across the world for its incorporation of compulsory Indigenous Australian content and cultural competence. Our students will study specialised regional law topics relating to community and resource law in addition to the traditional law curriculum. This helps ensure our graduates are engaged in their communities and equipped for global citizenship in a digital age.Through our teaching, research and community service, the Centre for Law and Justice demonstrates our commitment to the rule of law, the promotion of the highest standards of ethical conduct, professional responsibility and community service.
School of Policing Studies (SOPS)
The School of Policing Studies is Australia’s leading provider of police recruit level training, with a partnership with the NSW Police Force to design, develop and deliver tertiary courses in policing. CSU and the NSW Police Force jointly provide the formal entry level studies undertaken to gain entry to the NSW Police Force Service.
Join the NSW Police Force
Policing is a career where you can really make a difference and that's one of the reasons why record numbers of people are applying to join the NSW Police Force.
Since 1998 Police recruit training in NSW has been a collaborative effort between Charles Sturt University and the NSW Police Force. The result has been a professional and skilled police force able to respond to community needs with integrity, compassion and respect.
The first step in joining that team is completing the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials. For all the information on how to become a NSW Police Officer, visit the NSW Police Recruitment website
Law and Criminal Justice
CSU’s Bachelor of Laws is designed to prepare students to work as professionals in the field of law. The degree is suitable for any person wishing to become a legal professional in a range of roles and settings, with a particular focus on issues affecting rural and regional areas.
Our Bachelor of Criminal Justice prepares you for a wide variety of careers in criminal justice and related professions. You will also be equipped with the skills and knowledge to progress to the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) or to pursue a more generalist criminal justice pathway.
CSU's Intelligence Analysis program is intended to provide law enforcement and intelligence professionals, whether they are in the police, public or private sectors with the opportunity to undertake studies at postgraduate level in the area of intelligence.
Courses available in Intelligence Analysis at CSU
National and Transnational Crime; Fraud, Financial Crime, and Anti-Money Laundering
CSU's Investigation programs are aimed at meeting the educational needs of those working within police, the public and corporate sectors who have responsibility for leading and managing complex investigations.
Courses available in national and transnational crime; fraud, financial crime, and anti money laundering at CSU:
- Master of Fraud and Financial Crime
- Graduate Diploma of Fraud and Financial Crime
- Graduate Certificate in Fraud and Financial Crime
The impact of emergency and disaster events, both within Australia and around the world, has seen a steep rise in the demand for professionals with tertiary qualifications. Emergency Management professionals apply a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of emergency risk management, including emergency risk management planning, operations management and recovery management, working to ensure the needs of communities are met in times of disaster. Emergency Management professionals may work with a variety of organisations, from public bodies such as local government, emergency and community services, to private industry, including essential services, public utilities, manufacturing industries and the commercial sector.
Courses available in Emergency Management at CSU
Skilled and professionally qualified Fire Investigators are required in a range of workplace settings. They may find themselves working on behalf of the public, for insurance companies or for a fire service organisation. To do this they must be conversant with current investigative best practice, the physics of fire behaviour and providing expert witness in court. Their investigations may take them into specialist areas, such as marine fires, vehicular fires, electrical incidents and explosion investigation.
Courses available in Fire Investigation at CSU
CSU's Police Leadership courses examine the practical challenges of leadership and management in complex contemporary policing and regulatory professional environments.
Courses available in Police Leadership at CSU
Investigations; Corruption and Integrity Management
CSU's Investigations, Corruption and Integrity Management programs are designed to enhance the skills of investigators and those interested in the study of crime in contemporary Australian society.
Courses available in Investigations, Corruption and Integrity Management at CSU
Terrorism and Security
CSU's Terrorism and Security program aims to develop and increase the knowledge base of practitioners in the fields of counterterrorism, safety and security.
Courses available in Terrorism and Security at CSU
Customs and Border Security
CSU’s Border Management and Customs Administration programs are developed for people engaged with Customs, other border agencies and in businesses involved in cross border trade. These programs are highly relevant to both international and domestic students.
Customs and Border Security courses available at CSU
MBA(Law Enforcement and Security)
CSU’s Master of Business Administration (Law Enforcement and Security) is designed to provide advanced business qualifications for those working in the law enforcement and security fields. This is the only course of its kind offered by distance education.
Bachelor degrees for Police Officers
CSU’s Bachelor of Policing and Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) are designed for serving police officers in order to enhance their professional policing practice and knowledge, or who intend pursuing a career in investigations.
Bachelor degrees for Police Officers available at CSU
Professional development short courses
The Centre for Professional Development & Education comprises our specialist and short courses, programs and seminars. Designed to meet the specialist requirements of our clients in government and regulatory agencies and the private sector.
Our courses are designed and delivered by experienced practitioners and academics Certificates of successful attainment issued by CSU Eligibility and accreditation towards completion of postgraduate studies at CSU.
Drawing on our academic and industry expertise we provide professional development courses in:
- Investigations Management
- Operational and Strategic Intelligence
- Investigative Interviewing
- Terrorism and Security
- Emergency Management and Fire Investigation
- Consequence Management
- Commercial Crime and Anti-Money Laundering
- Ethics / Professional Standards
The National Strategic Intelligence Course is a partnership between Charles Sturt University (CSU), the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and has been educating law enforcement professionals for more than 10 years.
For further information about your professional development and education requirements contact
The Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security has a strong international presence including the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore. From time to time the AGSPS offers international professional development opportunities with a focus on leadership, operational command or specific areas of interest.
Public Safety and Security
CSU's Bachelor of Public Safety and Security is an internationalised degree designed to prepare and develop the professional practice of those entering or working in the rapidly emerging field of public safety and security. This course will also benefit those working in, or wanting to work in, in national security whether that be protecting our borders, or responding to the threat of terrorism.
We also offer a Higher Degree by Research in the area of Public Safety. Our Doctor of Public Safety equips graduates with a unique competitive advantage, being the first degree of its kind in Australasia. Graduates will have a critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of their discipline or area of professional practice.
Courses available in Public Safety and Security at CSU:
More information about CSU courses in the area of Policing, Law, Security and Emergency Management:
How to apply
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- Associate Degree in Policing Practice
Entry course for NSW Police Force
- Bachelor of Border Management
- Bachelor of Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Emergency Management
Associate Degree in Emergency Management [exit point only]
- Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Policing
- Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)
- Bachelor of Public Safety and Security
- Diploma of Investigations
- Diploma of Policing Investigations
- Graduate Certificate in Corruption and Integrity Management
- Graduate Certificate in International Revenue Administration
- Master of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing
Graduate Diploma of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing
Graduate Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing
- Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis)
Graduate Diploma of Intelligence Analysis
Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis
- Master of Business Administration (Law Enforcement and Security)
- Master of Customs Administration
Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration
Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration
- Master of Emergency Management
Graduate Diploma of Emergency Management [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management [exit point only]
- Master of Fire Investigation
Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation
Graduate Certificate in Fire Investigation
- Master of Fraud and Financial Crime
Graduate Diploma of Fraud and Financial Crime
Graduate Certificate in Fraud and Financial Crime
- Master of Investigations
Graduate Diploma of Investigations
Graduate Certificate in Investigations [exit point only]
- Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security)
Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security)
Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (Policing and Security)
- Master of Terrorism and Security Studies
Graduate Diploma of Terrorism and Security Studies
Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Security Studies
Salus Journal is an open access academic e-journal for law enforcement and security agencies as well as emergency services, and is seeking submissions from qualified contributors.
Founded by CSU's Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security and named after the Roman goddess of safety and welfare, the journal shares CSU's motto of 'for the public good'.
For more information, visit Salus Journal.
AGSPS also provides education and training programs in the following countries:
- Abu Dhabi
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- the United Kingdom
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