PPP152 Law Policy and Procedure 1A (8)

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


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PPP152. 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

PPP145 is the 16 point equivalent of PPP152 and PPP155

Incompatible Subjects

PPP145, 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 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; and
  • Interpreting the law as a crucial skill required by police in areas such as property damage offences and minor traffic offences.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PPP152 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 %
Law policy and procedure 1a 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.