Policing and intelligence Law, security and intelligence

Policing and intelligence Law, security and intelligence

Intelligence-led policing aims to enable law enforcement agencies to manage risks and reduce crime in a more effective and cost-efficient manner.

At Macquarie you’ll examine the historical and contemporary role of policing and intelligence in a national and international environment with experts who combined have more than 100 years of practical experience in all levels of security.

Careers in policing and intelligence 

  • consultant/adviser
  • intelligence analyst
  • intelligence officer
  • law enforcement
  • political adviser
  • public law enforcement manager
  • policy adviser to public and private sector
  • researcher in government or private organisation 
  • risk analyst

Professional experience

At Macquarie, learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. With PACE you can gain real-world experience and get ahead in the career queue.

Make the most of your degree through Macquarie University's PACE program and gain practical experience working with local, regional or international industry partners in government, not for profit, civil society and the private sector. Through PACE you can gain valuable insight by working alongside industry mentors on real-world research projects that will feed into and support the innovation and reform work of the partner organisation.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Student experience

Sarah Iannantuono

Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism with the Master of International Security Studies

“This program is unique as it combines what at other universities offer in single degrees such as counter terrorism or policing. Therefore, you get a strong grasp of overall security issues and how to combat them. When I researched the professors and the industry experience they possessed, I was sold on Macquarie and the course. The staff were brilliant at facilitating opportunities for students and were heavily invested in seeing students achieve."

"During my studies I was lucky enough to go to the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague where I met young leaders from around the world which helped increase my global network. I also got to participate in a mock International Criminal Court, a United Nations Security Council Meeting and European Parliament. As part of my course I chose to undertake an internship. The staff helped me organise a six week internship at KPMG that turned into a ten week internship that turned into a job once I graduated."

Our expertise in policing and intelligence

Mr Garry Dobson

Mr Garry Dobson APM

Lecturer and Program Director for Policing

Formerly an Assistant Commissioner with the NSW Police Force, Garry has had a distinguished career of more than 35 years. He has expertise in executive command relating to education and training, major event and incident management and directing multi-agency government task forces in crime prevention.

Mr Fred Smith

Mr Fred Smith


Fred is a retired captain from the United States Navy with 30 years military intelligence experience in the Pacific and Middle East, as well as tours in Europe, the Mediterranean, and with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).He has extensive experience in all-source intelligence fusion analysis, intelligence preparation of the operational environment, operational intelligence and intelligence watch operations.

Today, it has become one of Australia’s leading centres of teaching and research in security studies, including internationally recognised programs in international security, cyber security, criminology, intelligence studies, counter terrorism, and policing.

You will benefit from an innovative and diverse learning environment through interaction with leading researchers and practitioners in the field; an applied curriculum; internships with leading industry partners; and opportunities to work with researchers exploring the big strategic issues of 21st century security.

Specific areas of expertise within the Department include:

  • Indo-Asia Pacific strategic trends 
  • The evolution of Australia’s strategic and defence policy
  • Cyber security
  • Terrorism and counter terrorism
  • Criminology
  • Intelligence
  • Organised crime 
  • Strategic policing
  • Insurgency and counter insurgency

Learn more about the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

With her partner’s job bringing them to the University, Katherine embraced life in Australia and is now combining a research administration position with postgraduate study at Macquarie.

“The Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT) helps keep me engaged in the intelligence field,” Katherine says. “It also expands my knowledge base into policing and counter-terrorism and helps me orient toward Australian national-strategic priorities.”

Like many international students studying at Macquarie, Katherine has specifically selected her classes and assignments in order to build a greater knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region. On securing her Australian citizenship, she then hopes to secure an intelligence role in Australia.

“I’ve been able to build my knowledge of the dynamics and issues in the Asia-Pacific, particularly the tension between Australia’s alliance with the US and its increasing economic relationship with China,” she says. “In combination with my analytic skills, this will help increase my competitiveness for job opportunities in Sydney.”

She notes that while there are distinct differences between the American and Australian approaches to intelligence and security, there is also much common ground. “The US is almost exclusively focused on intelligence in support of foreign relations, whereas in Australia there is a greater focus on domestic security,” Katherine says. “But the techniques and tradecraft used are generally the same, and both have Westphalian styles of government with a separation of powers, and use intelligence as one input into decision-making for the executive.”

Katherine says one of the biggest benefits of studying PICT at Macquarie is the cultural diversity of the students and staff.

“The make-up of my Border Security and Migration class, for example, provides such wide reaching perspectives and opinions,” Katherine notes. “It’s not something you’d get reading articles or writing your own assignments.”

Professor Schreer previously worked at the Australian Strategic Policing Institute as Senior Analyst for defence strategy. He was also a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU.

Before coming to Australia, he held positions as the Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute in Berlin, Research Group Leader at Konstanz University and a Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin.

"I am very excited to be joining Macquarie University and look forward to contributing to its success. It is a privilege to be heading the Department for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism and to further advance its excellence in security research and teaching," says Professor Schreer.

Professor Schreer specialises in security studies and his primary research interest is Australian and Asian defence development and strategy. He has been widely published on strategic trends in the Asia-Pacific region.

4 reasons to choose law, security and intelligence at Macquarie

  • Law at Macquarie has been ranked in the top eight in Australia, and our interdisciplinary approach provides you with a critical understanding of the law, its development and its future direction.
  • Our law degree can be taken on its own or combined with several disciplines including finance, media, IT, commerce or psychology, to give you more varied career choices.
  • You'll learn from international security experts with years of practical experience.
  • Our staff have strong links with industry and are across developments in areas critical to industry and government.

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