GPM512 Executive Leadership in Law Enforcement and Security (16)

This subject analyses the principles, dimensions and qualities of contemporary executive leadership in the context of policing, law enforcement, emergency service and security organisations. There will be particular emphasis on the challenges and dynamics of strategic leadership in the public sector. It explores the dynamics of operational demands from the leadership perspective and examines the impact of political and social influences.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GPM512. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject has moved to the electronic provision of all learning materials, including readings and broadband internet access is necessary.

Assumed Knowledge

Students in this subject should be working in a police, law enforcement, emergency service or security organisation or one that is very similar.  Students working at any level of management will be able to apply their knowledge and experience of the organisation to the assessment tasks in the subject.

Subject Relationships

GPM511 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to investigate, analyse and synthesise the broad body of knowledge of the history and context of leadership in law enforcement and security, including relevant developments overseas
  • be able to demonstrate mastery of the key theoretical underpinnings in leadership generally, public sector leadership, and law enforcement and security leadership, and critically reflect on the impact of these on professional practice
  • be able to apply established leadership theories to the law enforcement and security context and critically analyse the application of these with reference to your professional practice
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to analyse the contextual influences on leadership in the law enforcement and security contexts and to develop a strategic leadership approach capable of being communicated to a range of professional and high level audiences.
  • be able to plan and execute a substantial piece of scholarship which demonstrates a capacity to locate and analyse relevant theory and research in the field of leadership in law enforcement and security and apply that theory and research to professional leadership practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Principles of effective leadership
  • The role of a leader in corporate governance and the creation and maintenance of corporate culture
  • Leading law enforcement and security organisations into the future
  • Government authority and relationships
  • The dynamics of the political/bureaucratic interface
  • The principles of proper influence and protecting the rights of police personnel and the public
  • Executive judgment, discretion and ethical decision making
  • Policy identification, development, marketing and implementation
  • Relationship building and principles of effective partnerships
  • Financial and performance productivity, accountability and credibility
  • People/workforce management and development
  • Office of constable and the separation of powers


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.