PPP148 Officer Safety (8)

This subject delivers the foundational operational safety and tactics skills required by the operational police practitioner. It introduces students to the ethical and professional application of basic self-defence, operational communications and tactical options.

This is achieved by requiring students to consider the theory and practice underpinning the use of these skills and to demonstrate the application of those skills and outline the justification for their use within supervised practical sessions.

Subject Outlines
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Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Goulburn Campus
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Goulburn Campus
Term 2 (15)
On Campus
Goulburn Campus
Term 3 (45)
On Campus
Goulburn 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

Grading System



One session


School 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 the approved use and articulate the justifications for the tactical options of: baton, tactical disengagement, Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW), communication, contain and negotiate, firearm, oleoresin capsicum defensive spray, weaponless control and officer presence;
  • be able to demonstrate the approved procedures and articulate the justifications for their use in the following: high risk incidents, edged weapon defence, transitional drills, searching, handcuffing, bomb awareness, public order policing, building approach, entry and search, motor vehicle stops and searching techniques, mandatory training scenarios and weapon retention; and
  • be able to demonstrate the use of the Tactical Options Model and articulate the justifications for the decision making used in applying it in Mandatory Training scenarios.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Tactical options model;
  • Tactical options training;
  • Firearms;
  • Batons;
  • Oleoresin capsicum defence spray;
  • Handcuffing;
  • Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW),
  • Edged weapons defence;
  • Transitioning drills;
  • Searching;
  • Weapon retention;
  • High risk situations;
  • Contain and negotiate;
  • Bomb awareness;
  • Building approach, entry and search;
  • Weapon less control techniques;
  • Public order policing (POMPET);
  • Motor vehicle stopping and searching techniques; and
  • Mandatory Training Scenarios (Interactive).


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.