PPP154 Communication and Police Professional Standards, Conduct and Values 1A (6)


This subject focuses on key capabilities required of a professional police officer, including the capabilities for making ethical decisions in accordance with the law, community expectations and organisational policies and recognising potential risks and avenues of corruption inherent in policing. The subject considers these capabilities in relation to key NSW Police Force policies—the Statement of Values, the Code of Conduct and Ethics, the Oath of Office and other associated policies.  

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Term 1
DistanceGoulburn Campus
Term 2
DistanceGoulburn Campus
Term 3
DistanceGoulburn Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PPP154
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 termHD/FLSchool of Policing Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to students in the Associate Degree in Policing Practice.  Students will require internet access.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply STOPAR as a critical thinking framework in policing to authentic policing scenarios
  • be able to explain the principles of professionalism and decision making accountability as they apply to policing in NSW
  • be able to explain NSW Police Force ethical standards as articulated in the Statement of Values, Code of Conduct and Ethics, and the Oath of Office and associated policies and apply to policing scenarios
  • be able to explain the crucial role of lawful discretion in police-decision making processes


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • the STOPAR model of professional decision-making
  • the general nature of ethics as they apply to the individual and society
  • the role of legal and organisational ethics in decision-making
  • police ethics as it is shaped by NSW Police organisational policy and culture

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 11 day residential school. Lectures, tutorials, cops training, practical simulations & role plays to provide practice and application opportunity. The 11 days covers all three subjects due to the integrated nature of the delivery of the curriculum.


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.