PPP253 Operational Policing Practice 3 (16)

This subject draws together the key police practice domains including legislation, intelligence, investigation, response, safety, professional practice and community engagement. It extends PPP243 studies and provides opportunities to combine theoretical knowledge with workplace practice. It utilizes authentic workplace tasks to build a portfolio of competency which demonstrate the knowledge, skills and qualities required for effective operational policing practice in a lead role. This subject is the last of three to be completed in the field during Year 2 for award of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice.

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: PPP253. 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 and PPP148 and PPP149 and PPP150 and PPP151 and PPP233 and PPP243 or PPP152 and PPP153 and PPP154 PPP155 and PPP156 and PPP157 and PPP148 and PPP149 and PPP150 and PPP150 and PPP233 and PPP243

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate competent performance of operational policing duties in a lead role, including shift preparation, undertaking patrols, ensuring operational safety, responding to incidents, managing information, and completing individual workload as a probationary constable under supervision.
  • be able to critically analyse operational practice as a probationary constable by extending and applying an understanding of the theoretical foundations of legislation.
  • be able to extend understanding of the theoretical foundations of intelligence gathering and investigation to critically analyse operational practice as a probationary constable.
  • be able to synthesise practical knowledge and skills with online modular learning to demonstrate effective community engagement as a probationary constable in a lead role.
  • be able to demonstrate professionalism in a lead role by synthesising theoretical knowledge from online modular learning and practical skills of operational practice as a probationary constable.


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
  • at-arrest and non-arrest powers
  • investigation and Brief of Evidence preparation
  • targeted crime prevention
  • engaging with partners
  • emergency management
  • fostering resilience and assuming a leadership role.

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 over a 12 week period.


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.