PPP155 Law Policy & Procedure 1B (8)

 This subject examines general duties policing within NSW and the theory of policing in a liberal democratic society. It focuses on the rule of law, with particular emphasis on criminal and drug law enforcement. Also it focuses on the service role of policing in situations that do not necessarily require police legal intervention. There is a study of the primary stakeholders who come into frequent contact with NSW Police, with a particular focus on vulnerable people and people with special needs.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Term 1 (75)
Online *
Goulburn Campus
Term 2 (15)
Online *
Goulburn Campus
Term 3 (45)
Online *
Goulburn Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PPP155. 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.


PPP152 and PPP153 and PPP154

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply STOPAR as a critical thinking framework in policing scenarios;
  • be able to identify various offences and apply appropriate legislative solutions to them;
  • be able to identify the causes of crime within society;
  • be able to explain how social inequality based on race, gender and socioeconomic status impacts on the policing role in NSW; and
  • be able to identify legally and socially vulnerable persons in society and the policing requirements and obligations regarding them.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The STOPAR model of professional decision-making;
  • The critical function of police discretion in upholding the law;
  • Interpreting the law as a crucial skill required by police in areas such as assault offences, drug offences, street offences and mental health; and
  • Culture, crime and society as it informs liberal democratic policing including LGBTI issues, youth, Indigenous relations and people with special needs.

Residential School

This subject contains a 11 day Compulsory Residential School.

The 11 days covers all three subjects due to the integrated nature of the delivery of the curriculum.

Lectures, tutorials, cops trainng, practical simulations and role plays to provide practice and application opportunity.


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.