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Higher degree of Policing

by Katrina Kalleske

UniSA’s Ross Morriss and Chief Superintendent Michael Cornish, Officer in Charge of the SA Police Academy, were instrumental in setting up the new Bachelor of Policing.South Australian police officers now have access to an undergraduate degree designed especially to enhance their careers.

From next year the new Bachelor of Management (Policing) at UniSA, will be open to police officers who have completed the TAFE Advanced Diploma of Policing or equivalent. The Advanced Diploma forms part of the South Australia Police (SAPOL) promotional qualification framework to sergeant rank.

Director of Strategic Partnerships in the Division of Business, Ross Morriss said that UniSA and SAPOL have been working together for several years to develop a program that meets SAPOL’s needs.

"This degree is tailored to the policing environment," he said. "Right now there are many SAPOL staff independently taking on undergraduate study to enhance their capability and help improve their chances of promotion.

"SAPOL saw the need to create a program that would help them to achieve their own personal goals and at the same time develop a relevant knowledge base within SAPOL.

"It means that those people who are keen to do further study can do something that is relevant to policing with outcomes linked to SAPOL’s needs.

"The course will build capacity for the officers but it will also deliver more effective outcomes for the organisation."

The program will officially start in 2010 with applicants going through a joint SAPOL/UniSA admission process. The undergraduate degree has been designed as a three year part-time program.

While the new degree sits within the School of Management, it includes courses from the Schools of Law, Commerce, and Social Work and Social Policy. It has also stimulated the addition of three new UniSA courses – criminology, law of administrative procedure, and restorative justice – which will be open to a range of students studying related programs.