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Evidence-led Policing Practice PEM307


PEM307 Evidence-led Policing Practice introduces students to the array of strategies used to identify gaps and critical issues in policing practices, and to evaluate alternative policy/practice solutions. In addition to learning the policy/practice development cycle, students will be exposed to various data in order to enhance their capacity to evaluate the strength of the evidence available, to formulate alternative strategies to address an identified issue in policing practice, and to communicate the strategic imperative for policy and practice change. The authentic assessment tasks for this unit will prepare students for proposing change to their organisational unit, and to document the costs and consequences generated by not addressing the identified problem. In addition to two position papers, students will be required to make a compelling case for change via a short presentation to their peers, who will assess the strength of students’ arguments.


Unit name Evidence-led Policing Practice
Unit code PEM307
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management
Coordinator Associate Professor Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify gaps in evidence of policing practices in preparation for devising new approaches to contemporary policing problems.
  • Identify public concerns with current policing practice.
  • Collate and assess evidence of best practices to assist in creating new approaches to contemporary policing problems.
  • Evaluate the appropriate use of police powers and police procedures.
  • Assess and communicate the strategic imperative for change.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091105 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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AssessmentPresentation (20%)|Policy Briefing paper (35%)|Issues Scoping Paper (45%)
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