About the course
Students enrolled in the Policing course will study on the Bathurst Campus of CSU for their first two years and then transfer to the NSW Police College at Goulburn for Trimester 1 of the last year of their three-year program. This means that CSU’s graduates wishing to join the NSW Police Service will be sworn in as Probationary Constables at the end of the first trimester of their third year. The final two trimesters of the course are completed by distance education while employed as a Probationary Constable.
This degree has been designed with extensive consultation with police, the justice community and academics, to ensure it is vocationally relevant and up to date with latest issues. Community service and police practice placements give students a systematic introduction to the professional environment. The policing studies completed within the degree, plus a further trimester of study undertaken on campus at Goulburn, meet academic requirements for employment in the recruit training program of the NSW Police Force.
Where it will take you
The first three years of your police career will normally be spent performing general duties in a Local Area Command. The commencing salary for a Probationary Constable is approximately $53,000 p.a. (2009).
Policing provides a number of career paths including: community policing, investigations, intelligence, specialist and technical operations, and leadership and management.
CSU offers a number of courses designed to support policing career development.
These are closely aligned with industry needs and articulated with internal police service training programs.
Professionals teaching you
The course is taught by dedicated professionals with a wide range of industry experience in law, corrections, criminology, psychology and sociology. They include:
Mr David Bull - interests include police-community relations, and police and the media.
Ms Libbie Douglass – interests include psychology, and psychology of crime.
Ms Rosalind Gibson - interests include criminal law, expert witnesses, wrongful conviction issues, repressed memory.
Dr Len Palmer – interest include sociology.
Ms Kate Seymour - interests include corrections, gender and crime and serving Police Officers from the NSW Police Force
Your course is recognised by industry
The Bachelor of Justice Studies (Policing) is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education. In combination with the Associate Degree in Police Practice, the degree is recognised by the NSW Police Service as meeting the academic requirements for entry to the NSW Police Force as a Probationary Constable.
To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (25 subjects), including the practical subjects: PPP121, PPP123, PPP124, PPP125, PPP126, PPP231, PPP232, PPP241.
The following courses provide opportunities for further study in justice studies and criminology by course work and/or research:
Bachelor of Policing
Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)
Bachelor of Social Science (Justice Studies) (Honours)
Graduate Certificate in Criminology
Graduate Diploma of Investigations Management
Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management (Policing)
Master of Leadership and Management (Policing)
Doctor of Philosophy