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Ms Nikki Rajakaruna


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5497, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.234B
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5497
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.234B  


Nikki is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • CRI1107 - The Criminal Justice Process
  • CRI1208 - Research Methods I
  • CRI3112 - Operational Policing
  • CRI3206 - Misconduct and Corruption Prevention


Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm


Nikki's work is divided between teaching in the School of Arts and Humanities and research in the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change. Nikki has an interest in policing and forensic psychology.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Police use of force
  • The use of intelligence in policing
  • Police integrity
  • Contemporary issues in policing


  • Bachelor of Arts, Edith Cowan University.


Recent Research Grants

  • The Validity of WA Police Driver Training ,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $36,098.
  • One Life WA Suicide Prevention Strategy,  Centrecare (Inc),  Grant - WA Suicide Prevention Strategy,  2011 - 2014,  $1,000,000.
  • Misuse of the information management system by Public Servants employed within WA Police,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $9,091.
  • Problem Gambling in CALD Communities,  Centrecare (Inc),  Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $48,873.
  • Blueline Evaluation,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2009,  $9,091.
  • Age of First Cannabis Use,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2009,  $11,685.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Cutler, A., Fairman, G., (2017), Ensuring the validity of police use of force training. Police Practice and Research: an international journal, 18(5), 507-521, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2016.1268959.
  • Scott, A., Rajakaruna, N., Sheridan, L., Gavin, J., (2015), International perceptions of relational stalking: The influence of prior relationship, perpetrator sex, target sex and participant sex. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(18), 3308-3323, Thousand Oaks, USA, Sage Publications Inc, DOI: 10.1177/0886260514555012.
  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Scott, A., (2015), A necessary safety net: use of a confidential internal telephone line to report unethical behaviour. Police Practice and Research: an international journal, 16(5), 431-443, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2014.932695.
  • Scott, A., Rajakaruna, N., Sheridan, L., Sleath, E., (2014), International perceptions of stalking and responsibility: The influence of prior relationship and severity of behavior. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41(2), 220-236, DOI: 10.1177/0093854813500956.
  • Scott, A., Rajakaruna, N., Sheridan, L., (2014), Framing and perceptions of stalking: the influence of conduct severity and the perpetrator-target relationship. Psychology, Crime and Law, 20(3), 242-260, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2013.770856.
  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Crous, C., Fordham, A., (2013), Community intelligence: Exploring human source as a new frontier. Australasian Policing: A Journal of Professional Practice and Research, 5(1), 25-30, Melbourne, Victoria, Australasian Institute of Policing.
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