PPP155 Law Policy and Procedure 1B (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 drug law enforcement. Also it focuses on 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)
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: PPP155. 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.


PPP152 and PPP153 and PPP154

Subject Relationships

PPP145 is the 16 point equivalent of PPP152 and PPP155

Incompatible Subjects

PPP145, PPP152

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 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 socioeconomic status impacts on the policing role in NSW; and
  • be able to identify legally and socially vulnerable persons in society and the policing requirements and obligations regarding 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 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, drug offences, street offences and mental health; and
  • Culture, crime and society as it informs liberal democratic policing including LGBTIQA issues, youth, Indigenous relations and people with special needs.

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.