JST228 Policing and the Community (8)

Policing and the Community examines the interactions between police, the public and community. Students in this subject will examine a range of topics including history of policing, police work, discretion and accountability, occupational culture, deviance and corruption, models of policing, contemporary developments and miscarriages of justice. The subject will examine contemporary issues and perspectives on the role of police.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST228. 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


Centre for Law and Justice

Enrolment Restrictions

Student should have completed at least one JST level 1 subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the historical development and function of the police service as a criminal justice institution in Australia;
  • be able to describe a range of different perspectives on the role of police in the community and society;
  • be able to explain the basis of police power and how the institutional and political power of the service also shapes the role of police;
  • be able to describe the concepts of police accountability, legitimacy, and culture and connect this to the relationship between police and the community;
  • be able to compare and contrast a range of policing styles; and
  • be able to articulate the key debates in contemporary policing.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction - Definition and History of Policing
  • The Structure of Policing and Police Discretion
  • The Pluralised Policing Environment
  • Police Organisational Structure and Occupational Culture
  • Police Accountability and Corruption, and Miscarriages of Justice
  • Policing Styles
  • Policing Diversity and 'Community' in Policing
  • Community-Based policing
  • Problem Oriented Policing and the S.A.R.A. Model
  • Police and the Media
  • Contemporary Technology and Policing: Challenges and Opportunities

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST228 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online quiz
Annotated bibliography (a)
Annotated bibliography (b)

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.