Singapore University of Social Sciences

Policing, Crime and Society

Policing, Crime and Society (PSS317)


PSS317 Policing, Crime and Society provides detailed understanding of issues related to policing and crime control. With knowledge on the factors affecting policing and security, students will be able to appreciate the nuances in crime control and the challenges faced by the frontline police officers. By reviewing the principles of policing, this course aims to develop students to think strategically on ways to combat crime. The topics covered also provide students with skills and knowledge on the roles and responsibilities related to policing, including victim management and public safety.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Introduction to Policing
  • Role, Functions, Responsibilities and Powers of Police
  • Models of Policing
  • Crime Control
  • Community Policing
  • Public Order and Security
  • Technology and Policing
  • Victim Management
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Police Organisation and Culture
  • Governance and Accountability
  • Future of Policing

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the key concepts and models of policing
  • Examine the role, functions, responsibilities and powers of the police
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the developments in policing in relation to social and technological changes
  • Apply effective strategies for crime control, public order and security
  • Develop strategies to establish effective police organisation
  • Illustrate the role and contribution of policing to enhancing effectiveness of the criminal justice system
  • Discuss the future of policing and ways to overcome challenges
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