About the School
The School of Policing Studies (SOPS) is Australia's leading provider of police recruit level training and postgraduate higher education award programs for members of policing and related services (security, enforcement and fire).
The School of Policing Studies and the NSW Police Force have formed a unique partnership to design, develop and deliver tertiary courses in policing. The partnership is an important strategy in the development of ethical and professional police officers in a rapidly changing police and community environment. The resources of both a large residential police college and a responsive and progressive university have been brought together to provide a balanced, innovative service in policing education.
Subjects have been designed in extensive consultation with police, the justice community and academics. This ensures subjects are vocationally relevant and up-to-date, producing ethical and professional graduates ready for a rapidly changing police and community environment. Many of the staff are either former police officers or expert practitioners in policing related disciplines such as communications and ethics. This gives the School a strong practical teaching focus, and a professional focus to research activities.
The School of Policing Studies is the largest School in the Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University and is located within the NSW Police Force Academy, Goulburn.
CSU and the NSW Police Force jointly provide the formal entry level studies undertaken to gain entry to the NSW Police Force Service. This formal training is called the:
Associate Degree in Policing Practice.
In addition to the Associate Degree in Policing Practice, the School also offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in Policing and Investigations.
Management and Leadership in Policing courses are offered by our sister School, The Australian Graduate School of Policing co-located with the:
Australian Institute of Police Management in Manly.