JST325 Accountability and Policing (8)

This subject allows serving police officers to reflect on their sworn policing duties with a view to enhancing ethical practice and accountability within that work. The issue of being accountable for what they do - ie. acting with integrity - rather than simply being held accountable will be a central theme throughout the subject. At all times, students attention will be directed to their actual experiences in the workplace and to ways of critically evaluating those experiences.


Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST325. 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


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in Bachelor of Policing and Bachelor of Policing (Investigations).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and evaluate the impact of ethical decision making in the course of their sworn policing duties and private lives;
  • be able to analyse and evaluate both formal and informal accountability mechanisms;
  • be able to articulate an enhanced understanding of the ethical issues raised by various policing methods and be able to explain what constitutes the ethical use of those methods;
  • be able to analyse and evaluate various institutional values and the impact of those values on personal and professional values; and
  • be able to demonstrate the communication literacies and digital skills required of a competent criminal justice practitioner.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Accountability and the public trust
  • Justice and the criminal justice system
  • Standards of on-duty behaviour
  • Standards of off-duty behaviour
  • Use of force
  • Racism and institutional racism
  • Accountability mechanisms, formal and informal
  • Ethical issues concerning investigative techniques
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Reporting corruption and misconduct
  • Professional distance

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST325 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 %
Assessment item 1 - essay.
Assessment item 2 - essay

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.