PPP233 Operational Policing Practice 1 (12)

This subject focuses on the probationary constable performing duties in an observational role. It contextualises key police practice domains of legislation, investigation, professional practice and community engagement in the field. It synthesises knowledge gained in Year 1 and extends theoretical understandings of the key police practice domains. It provides opportunities to combine theoretical knowledge with workplace practice. It utilises authentic workplace tasks to build an Operational Portfolio of competency which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and qualities required for effective operational policing practice in an observational role. 

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PPP233. 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 Assoicate Degree in Policing Practice.
Students will require internet access.


PPP145 and PPP146 and PPP147 and PPP148 and PPP149 and PPP150 and PPP151 or PPP152 and PPP153 and PPP154 and PPP155 and PPP156 and PPP157

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • complete their individual workloads as a probationary constable under supervision
  • perform operational policing duties at a professional level as identified in the NSW Police Force Operational Portfolio
  • identify how legislation applies to different operational policing situations
  • identify how investigative practices apply to different operational policing situations
  • identify communication strategies used in effective operational policing
  • identify demographics of their PAC (Police Area Command)/PD(Police District) and the implications for policing
  • identify community networks and external agencies relevant to their LAC
  • identify support services relevant to their wellbeing


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • operational policing: shift preparation; undertaking patrols/environmental scanning; operational safety; responding to incidents; information gathering, collating and recording
  • Brief of Evidence preparation
  • victim, witness and police statements
  • issues relevant to vulnerable people
  • managing unwilling witnesses
  • community engagement
  • managing individual workload and resilience

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 36 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Workplace learning is undertaken through students engaging in policing duties in the capacity of a Probationary Constable. Students will be assessed on their application of skills through an Operational Portfolio and will work approximately 36 hours per week (3 x 12 hour shifts) over a 12 week period.

In terms of weighting it is recognisded as 40% of the subject.


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.