Murdoch University criminology students gain clues to career through WA Police internship


Murdoch University criminology students Rebecca Moore and Ashley-Marie Walters.
Murdoch University criminology students Rebecca Moore and Ashley-Marie Walters.

MURDOCH University criminology students are helping WA Police tackle crime through an innovative internship program.

Six Murdoch students have completed placements in WA Police’s Evidence Based Policing (EBP) program since its inception in July 2015.

Lucy Stronach, studying criminology and security, terrorism and counter terrorism studies, was tasked with creating an experiment to help reduce domestic burglary in Perth.

“I analysed data, conducted a literature review and worked with members of WA Police to develop a report which will hopefully be adopted by districts or departments throughout Perth,” she said.

“The results of my experiment could positively impact individuals in Perth, helping to create a safer community. To me, that is something you cannot put a price on.”

Completing a double major in psychology and criminology, Ashley-Marie Walters worked on a literature review of domestic violence.

“I’ve learnt so much, not just about domestic violence but also how to work alone, work with others and how to work in an office environment,” Ms Walters said.

“I’ve learnt about career options, and seen different views of the world. This has definitely changed the way I view my graduation choices.”

Workforce Consultant (Strategic Human Resources) for WA Police Karyn Brynjolfson said the EBP internship program aimed to develop practices that target those areas and people responsible for the most harm in our communities.

“The program provides students an insight into real working life, this includes participating in meetings, being introduced to different parts of the business and gaining an understanding of the professional behaviour and conduct expected of employees at WA Police,” Ms Brynjolfson said.

“The final reports from past internship placements had been of such a high calibre that internship students have been invited to present their findings to an executive committee of senior police.”