Virginia Arentsen



Virginia was a member of the New South Wales Police Force between 1979 and 1998, working on general duties and in various specialist commands prior to working as an Education & Development Officer training police in the general duties field. In 2010 Virginia commenced employment with Charles Sturt University as a lecturer teaching on Ethics, Communications, Traffic and Law. Since 2015, Virginia has worked on the UCWE Course as a lecturer.

Virginia holds a Masters Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Education & Training, and a Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment.


  • UCWE - University Certificate in Workforce Essentials
  • ADPP - Associate Degree in Policing Practice


  • Women in Policing


Journal Article

  • Robinson, S., MacCulloch, R. & Arentsen, V. (2014). The effects of gender and country on stress and resilience: A comparative study of police academy recruits from Australia, China and Canada. Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. 87. (4). 245-257

Conference Paper

  • Robinson S. & Arentsen V. (2011). A pilot study of women in the New South Wales Police Force 1979 to 2008: Have thirty years really made any difference? Paper presented at the 7th Australasian Women in Policing Conference, Police and Community: Making it Happen , 21-24 August 2011, Hobart, Australia

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