PPP148 Officer Safety (8)


This subject teaches the introductory operational safety and tactics required by the operational police practitioners. It introduces students to the ethical and professional application of basic self-defence and tactical options. It does this by requiring students to consider the theory and practice related to these skills, and to demonstrate the achievement of those skills within supervised practical applications.


+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Term 2
InternalGoulburn Campus
Term 3
InternalGoulburn Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PPP148
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 termSY/USSchool of Policing Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to students in the Associate Degree in Policing Practice.  Students will require internet access.
PPP145 and PPP146 and PPP147 or PPP152 and PPP153 and PPP154 and PPP155 and PPP156 and PPP157

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate and explain the ethical and professional use of force in scenarios and practical simulations
  • be able to demonstrate use of arms and appointments - NSW Police Force firearm, baton, handcuffs, oleoresin spray and CEW - including weapon retention to required standard
  • be able to apply defensive and restraining tactics to scenarios and in practical simulations
  • be able to apply self defence skills
  • be able to demonstrate skills in the searching of persons, vehicles and premises
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to perform a motor vehicle stop
  • be able to undertake a search for an explosive device
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of formations and tactics for controlling/policing riots


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • knowledge & skills related to the use of arms and appointments applicable to the NSW Police Force
  • the tactical options model for policing situations
  • police powers related to the use of force
  • defensive tactics and weaponless control in policing situations
  • stopping and searching methods and techniques for people, vehicles and venues/buildings
  • public order policing


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 12 August 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.