PPP145 Law Policy and Procedure 1 (16)

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, traffic and drug law enforcement. It also focuses on the role of police in upholding and enforcing the law in the criminal justice system and 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.


ADPP Period 1 (08)
On Campus
Goulburn Campus
ADPP Period 2 (28)
On Campus
Goulburn Campus
ADPP Period 3 (38)
On Campus
Goulburn Campus
ADPP Period 4 (48)
On Campus
Goulburn Campus
ADPP Period 5 (68)
On Campus
Goulburn Campus
ADPP Period 6 (78)
On Campus
Goulburn Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PPP145. 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.

Subject Relationships

PPP152 and PPP155 are equivalent to the 16 point PPP145

Incompatible Subjects

PPP152, PPP155

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 explain the legislative framework that underpins policing in NSW;
  • be able to explain the role of police within the NSW criminal justice system;
  • be able to outline the structure of the NSW Police Force;
  • 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 socio-economic status, impacts on the policing role in NSW;
  • be able to identify legally and socially vulnerable persons in society and the policing requirements and obligations regarding them; and
  • be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding and knowledge of key police powers and their application in an operational policing context.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The STOPAR model of professional decision-making;
  • The roles and responsibilities of police within the NSW criminal justice system including the structure and history of NSW policing and Police Legitimacy as an element of the Social Contract;
  • 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, property damage offences, drug offences, street offences, minor traffic offences, and mental health; and
  • culture, crime and society as it informs liberal democratic policing including LGBTIAQ issues, youth, Indigenous relations and people with special needs.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PPP145 in Period 6 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 %
Mid-term exam
End-of-term exam
End-of-term police powers exam

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.