Professor Tim Prenzler - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Tim Prenzler

PhD Griff., MA Qld., BA(Hons) Griff., GradDipT Griff.

  • Professor of Criminology
+61 7 5456 3547
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Professor Tim Prenzler

Professor Tim Prenzler joined the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2015 as the inaugural Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. He was previously a foundation member of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, established in 1991, where he held numerous Program Coordinator positions and was Head of School from 2003 to 2005. At Griffith, he was also a foundation member of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, where he was Coordinator of the Integrity Systems Program from 2008 to 2014.

At USC, Tim is an Executive Member of the USC Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union and a member of the School of Law and Criminology Board and the School's External Academic Advisory Committee. He was previously a member of the University's Research Committee; the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law Research Committee; and the University Council.

His research interests include crime and corruption prevention, police and security officer safety, security industry regulation, and gender equity in policing. He has developed and taught courses in introductory criminology, policing, crime prevention, and criminal justice ethics and accountability.

Tim has been involved in research projects attracting $18 million in funding, and has also worked extensively on a pro bono basis with numerous criminal justice agencies on applied research projects. He has published over 100 journal articles and 60 book chapters. His books include Regulating the Security Industry: Global Perspectives (2018, Routledge, with Mahesh Nalla), Understanding Crime Prevention: The Case Study Approach (2017, Australian Academic Press), Civilian Oversight of Police: Advancing Accountability in Law Enforcement (2016, Taylor & Francis, with Garth den Heyer), Contemporary Police Practice (2015, Oxford University Press, with Jacki Drew), 100 Hundred Years of Women Police in Australia (2015, Australian Academic Press), Understanding and Preventing Corruption (2013, Palgrave, with Adam Graycar), Police Corruption: Preventing Misconduct and Maintaining Integrity (2009, Taylor & Francis), and The Law of Private Security in Australia (2009, Thomson Lawbook, with Rick Sarre).

Tim is a member of Transparency International's Network of Experts and an Assessor for the Australian Research Council. He is also a member of the advisory boards of Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research & Policy; Security Journal; Salus: An International Journal of Law Enforcement and Public Safety; Police Practice and Research: An International Journal; and the International Journal of Police Science & Management.

Professional memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Australasian Council of Women and Policing
  • Australian Institute of Policing


  • USC Vice-Chancellor & President's Award for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, Bachelor of Criminology & Justice Team, 2019
  • Award for Excellence, Policing:  An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Highly Commended, 2017, Emerald Literati Network, with Louise Porter
  • Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2016:  Best paper 2015, Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice with Frederic Lemieux and Samantha Bricknell
  • Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Research Award, 2015, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Research Award, 2013, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Best Health and Safety Initiative, Smoke-less Campus, with Jing Sun and Project Management Team, 2009, Griffith University
  • Award for Excellence, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Highly Commended, 2007, Emerald Literati Network
  • Award for Excellence, with Rick Sarre, for The Law of Private Security in Australia, 2006, Australian Security Industry Association Ltd (ASIAL)
  • Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Citation, Online Crime Prevention Interactive Learning Tool, with G Collom, A Groessler, K Saunders, M Bahramshahi, A Lindsay, R. Draper, E Cadzow, 2006, Griffith University
  • Excellence in Policing Award, Most Significant Contribution to Advancing the Status of Women in Policing; Australasian Council of Women and Policing, 2002
  • Anne Hawke Prize for Research, with Rick Sarre, 2001, University of South Australia

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Impacts of police integrity management strategies
  • Issues in security industry regulation
  • Gender equity programs in policing
  • Effective crime prevention strategies
  • Issues in public sector ethics
  • Effective corruption reduction strategies

Research areas

  • situational crime prevention
  • police integrity management
  • security industry regulation
  • gender in policing
  • corruption prevention

Teaching areas

  • Nature and Causes of Crime
  • Policing
  • Crime Prevention
  • Professional Ethics and Integrity Management

Professor Tim Prenzler is an expert on police integrity matters, with a specialist interest in complaint reduction strategies, covert tactics against corruption, early intervention systems, and use of force minimisation. He has also researched extensively on effective regulatory strategies for the security industry, successful crime prevention programs, and the history and integration of women police.

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