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Police Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement HSP406


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Police are expected to be ethical, diverse thinking leaders both within their own sphere of command and within their community. They ensure a safe working environment in their management of police human resources, whilst also building capability, modelling inclusivity and respect, being emotionally intelligent, and engaging in reflective practice. They are required to exercise effective strategic judgement and decision making, and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills, to influence police practice and policy in innovative, creative ways. Police leaders contribute to and implement strategic organisational change and influence police policy. This unit engages students in the higher order leadership and engagement skills for policing in an increasingly complex social, cultural, and economic environment. Students will engage with assignment work grounded in critical reflection and leadership theories in ways that will synthesise their performance and the issues facing police today.


Unit name Police Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement
Unit code HSP406
Credit points 25
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management
Coordinator Doctor Angela Dwyer
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply leadership theories to your practice and review your own capabilities as an ethical leader through self-awareness and reflection.
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge to manage human resources.
  • Influence and drive change in police policy and practices
  • Engage with stakeholders ensuring alignment of their needs and expectations around diversity and policing with Victoria Police’s strategic priorities and objectives.
  • Apply critical thinking to make judgements and decisions that advance the Victoria Police’s purpose and direction through innovative and creative solutions to problems.
  • Communicate persuasively in presentation and written formats at a level commensurate with a respectful, diverse thinking Victoria Police manager.
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Ratcliffe, Jerry H. (2019) Reducing Crime: A Companion for Police Leaders, Routledge: London.

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