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Strategic Law Enforcement - PICX842

The western democratic perspective that public policing owns and controls the public safety domain is no longer valid. The role of private security beyond 'night watch' or 'loss prevention' is becoming increasingly relevant. The growing influence of neo-liberal principles in public administration, influenced by declining public funding and a push towards ‘responsibilisation’ has seen the development of both the private security industry and other public/government agencies as key operational and strategic players in the safety and security market. The purpose of this unit is to look at the public safety and security industry, examine key stakeholders and decision-makers, and analyse specific components of the industry and the partnerships that are involved. In doing so the emphasis is not on the role of public police but on the role of public agency personnel and private security personnel in working with the public police in the Law Enforcement Industry. It is designed to provide a context for how each of these groups work together to ensure the safety and security of the community.

All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see

When Offered:

S2 OUA - Session 2, offered through Open Universities Australia

Staff Contact(s): Mr Garry Dobson
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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