New cops hit the streets armed with a degree in fighting crime

Date: 07/11/2002

Look out Sydney - there's a new breed of police officer on the beat armed with a degree in fighting crime.

These 18 new recruits are the first graduates of the University of Western Sydney's Bachelor of Policing - a degree that provides students with the analytical and practical skills needed to become well-rounded police officers.

According to course coordinator, Associate Professor Don Robertson, the degree reflects the growing trend towards a more professional police service.

"The degree is designed to give graduates a strong grounding in both police theory and practice, as well as related elements such as computing, criminology, law, psychology, security, sociology and youth work," says Associate Professor Robertson.

"The students receive instruction from both UWS academic staff and working police officers.

"The curriculum also includes practical placements with the police service, government departments and community agencies, with the final semester of the degree taught at the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn.

"We are extremely proud of our first group of graduates - they have come through with flying colours and are now entering the Police Force with a set of skills that will provide the groundwork on which to build their future careers."

The fledgling course can boast 100 percent job placement, with all 18 graduates already working as probationary constables in Cabramatta, Bankstown, Auburn, Flemington, Campbelltown, Blacktown, Leichhardt and Hurstville.

Sergeant Craig Peacock, from the Cabramatta Local Area Command and one of the course lecturers, says degrees such as the Bachelor of Policing are changing the Force for the better.

"The Police Force is certainly different to when I first joined 20 years ago. Today it is truly representative of the community that we are policing," he says.

"Officers now come from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures and the Force now has an insight into those cultures that it didn't have previously.

"These students are an important part of that change. I am extremely proud of the group - their ability is first rate and I know they are well prepared to hit the ground running as police officers. What is also great to see is how much they have become good mates over the duration of the course."

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