New UWS degree preparing tomorrow's police leaders

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An innovative program at the University of Western Sydney is helping the next generation of police leaders to lay the foundation for a future career serving the community.

18 high-achieving students have begun their studies in the new Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program), which is taught at the UWS Penrith and Bankstown campuses.

The degree, which requires an ATAR of at least 90.00, equips students with specialist knowledge and skills to enable them to become a leader in the NSW Police Force, as well as in other related organisations, such as national intelligence agencies, customs, corrections and juvenile justice.

"This new program is a jewel in the crown of UWS's police education and training," says Professor Karl Roberts, Director of Policing Studies at the University.

"The curriculum recognises the complexities and challenges of contemporary policing, and explores the application of policing practice to a changing Australian society."

As part of the new program, students have the opportunity to work as an intern with either NSW Police or associated criminal justice agencies, giving them the opportunity to use their academic knowledge in a real-life professional context.

"Students also take tailored, extension-level units as part of the UWS Academy – a groundbreaking leadership program at the University that offers a unique learning experience focused on ethical leadership and personal development," Professor Roberts says.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover says the new program complements the already well-established and respected suite of undergraduate and postgraduate policing degrees at UWS, and is part of the University's wider commitment to police training and education in NSW.

"Policing is a profession that has certainly experienced renewed interest and recognition among the community in recent times, and the University is pleased to play a part in preparing students for a future career in police leadership and law enforcement," he says.

"The University is building capacity in western Sydney for high-quality policing education, research and training, which includes our well-established forensics laboratories and leadership facilities based at our Hawkesbury campus."


13 February 2015

Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer

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