PPP148 Officer Safety (8)

This subject delivers the foundational operational safety and tactics skills required by the operational police practitioner. It introduces students to the ethical and professional application of officer survival techniques and skills.

This is achieved by requiring students to consider the theory and practice underpinning the use of these skills and to demonstrate the application of those skills and outline the justification for their use within supervised practical sessions and assessments


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: PPP148. 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 or PPP152 and PPP153 and PPP154 and PPP155 and PPP156 and PPP157

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the approved use and articulate the justifications for the tactical options of: baton, tactical disengagement, Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW), communication, contain and negotiate, firearm, oleoresin capsicum defensive spray, weaponless control and officer presence and active armed offender;
  • be able to demonstrate the approved operational procedures and skills in a range of scenarios such as; high risk incidents, edged weapon defence, searching, handcuffing, bomb awareness, public order policing, building approach, motor vehicle stops ILVA, TECC/CRAPE and weapon retention; and
  • be able to demonstrate the use of the Tactical Options Model and articulate the criteria of use for arms and appointments in decision making processes to apply such skill in reality based training scenarios.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Tactical options model
  • Tactical options training
  • Firearms
  • Batons
  • Oleoresin capsicum defence spray
  • Handcuffing
  • Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW)
  • Edged weapons defence
  • Transitioning drills
  • Searching
  • Weapon retention
  • High risk situations
  • Contain and negotiate
  • Bomb awareness
  • Building approach, entry and search
  • Weapon less control techniques
  • Public order policing (POMPET)
  • Motor vehicle stopping and searching techniques
  • Mandatory Training Scenarios (Interactive)

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PPP148 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 %
Cew bullring assessment
Cew scenario assessment
Firearms proficiency shoot
Skills based assessment
Cew theory examination
Officer safety theory examination
Criteria for use/justification examination

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.