JST226 Introduction to Police Investigations (8)


This subject will provide those students who intend seeking a career in a police service with a fundamental understanding of the investigative processes carried out by police. The central theme throughout is the application of those ethical and legal principles which impact on investigation practice. Investigation processes are examined with reference to logic, critical thinking and scientific method. Sources of information available to police are canvassed, with the final focus being on investigation and interviewing as evidence. Specific reference will be made to the P.E.A.C.E. model of investigative interviewing. The theoretical component is applied to investigation practice.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST226
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLAustralian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Assumed Knowledge

Any JST level 1 subject

Enrolment restrictions

Available for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Justice Studies (Policing), Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) and the Bachelor of Criminal Justice. Subject not available in distance mode.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to appreciate and articulate the necessity for ethical practice in investigation;
  • be able to critically appraise the role of investigation as one part of the profession of policing;
  • be able to describe the role of the general duties police officer in investigation;
  • be able to demonstrate the application of logic, critical thinking and scientific method to investigation;
  • be able to critically evaluate victims, witnesses, informants, physical evidence and intelligence as sources of information;
  • be able to understand the importance of ethical informant management;
  • be able to describe the importance of proper suspect identification procedures;
  • be able to discuss and apply ethical interviewing practice during investigations;
  • be able to conduct an effective investigative interview;
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of the legal principles which apply to the admission of confessional evidence in court.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • - the role of the general duties officer in investigation
  • - investigation and commmunity-based policing
  • - investigation practice
  • - victimology
  • - sources of information
  • - legal aspects of interviewing and investigation
  • - ethics in investigation


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.