JSB284 Lecture One Notes
Introduction to Policing
Contact Details: Dr Cassandra Cross | [email protected]
Textbook: “Policing in Context” by Broadhurst and Davies.
Timetable: 2hr Lectorial Thursdays 9 – 11am*
*Note: No Lectorials in Weeks 10 and 13.
1. Short Essay | 1000 words | 20% | Due Friday 6 September (Weekth)
2. Group Work | 3 – 4 people per group | 50% | Due Friday 25 October (Week 13)
3. Final Exam | Multiple-choice | 30% | Central Exam Period (2 – 16 November)
Short Essay Topic Options:
1. Police Move-On Powers
a. Research Statement/Question - In light of the CMC’s December 2010 report showing a significant
over-representation of youth and Indigenous peoples receiving police move-on directions, should
move-on powers be abolished in Queensland?
b. You Need To - Briefly describe the nature and purpose of police move-on powers in Queensland,
and where these are found in legislation, and how they are currently used. Argue for or against the
current use of move-on powers in Queensland. Both cases are acceptable if the central argument of
your essay is strong and clear. Your argument must be justified and supported by evidence from the
2. Police Impoundment Powers
a. Research Statement/Question - In 2013, the Queensland Government passed legislation to
strengthen the use of vehicle impoundment for police to deter certain driving behaviours which are
argued to compromise road safety. Based on these amendments, is vehicle impoundment an
appropriate sanction for police to use in improving road safety?
b. You Need To - Describe how vehicle impoundment in Queensland currently operates, which includes
the legislative basis and what offences are included. Argue for or against the appropriateness of
police using vehicle impoundment as a means to improve road safety. Both cases are acceptable if
the central argument of your essay is strong and clear. Your argument must be justified and
supported by evidence from the literature.
3. Police Corruption
a. Research Statement/Question - Since the Fitzgerald Inquiry, a range of measures have been taken
to combat corruption in Queensland, including the introduction of the Whistleblowers Protection
Act 1994. In its November 2010 report entitled ‘The ethical perceptions and attitudes of Queensland
Police Service recruits and first year constables 1995-2008’, the CMC found that most recruits and
first year constables still believe that whistleblowers are more likely to be ostracised or ‘given the
cold shoulder’ by their peers. Given these findings, is enough being done to encourage
whistleblowers to speak out in Queensland?
b. You Need To - Describe police corruption and the value/importance of whistleblower protection in
fighting corruption and where it is found in current legislation. Argue for or against the adequacy of
current legislation and practices to encourage whistleblowers to speak out. Both cases are
acceptable if the central argument of your essay is strong and clear. Your argument must be justified
and supported by evidence from the literature.
Why Do the Police Exist?
To enforce legislation?
As a result of Social Contract Theory?
o The reciprocal relationship between citizens of society and the government. In exchange for the
benefits of society, citizens agree to abide by its rules. Police uphold these rules and enforce them.
Means of social control?
o To maintain the status quo. What Do the Police Do?
There is a police ‘service and police ‘force’ mentality. New South Wales, for example, calls it the police force while
Queensland now calls it the police service. What is the significance of the two different mentalities?
The police service promotes the idea of police as being a ‘service’ to the community and promotes roles such as
protecting, serving, helping during disasters, reaching out to the community, administration roles and e