JST325 Accountability And Policing (8)


This subject allows serving police officers to reflect on their sworn policing duties with a view to enhancing ethical practice and accountability within that work. The issue of being accountable for what they do - ie. acting with integrity - rather than simply being held accountable will be a central theme throughout the subject. At all times, students attention will be directed to their actual experiences in the workplace and to ways of critically evaluating those experiences.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceManly Campus
Session 2
DistanceManly Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST325
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in Bachelor of Policing and Bachelor of Policing (Investigations), subject to credit packages selected.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to articulate and evaluate the ethical decisions made in the course of their sworn policing duties
- be able to evaluate the professional impact of ethical decisions made in the course of their private lives
- be able to articulate strategies for dealing with the legal limitations on what is achievable for them in their work
- be able to identify and evaluate both formal and informal accountability mechanisms
- be able to identify and evaluate various institutional values and the impact of those values on personal and professional values
- be able to demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the ethical issues raised by various policing methods and be able to explain what constitutes the ethical use of those methods


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Accountability and the public trust
- Justice and the criminal justice system
- Standards of on-duty behaviour
- Standards of off-duty behaviour
- Use of force
- Racism and institutional racism
- Accountability mechanisms, formal and informal
- Ethical issues concerning investigative techniques
- Conflicts of interest
- Reporting corruption and misconduct
- Professional distance


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.