Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Graham Sunderland QPM

 Graham Sunderland QPM

MA (Leadership & Management), BA(Hons) Public Administration, Post Grad. Dip (Applied Criminology), Post Grad Cert (Human Identification)


Specialising in Leadership & Command for Emergency Management, Disaster Victim Identification and Major Investigations, both operationally and training, Graham is currently the co-ordinator for post-graduate qualifications in operational command and multi-agency investigations with Charles Sturt University. He was a police officer for over 30 years and a former Assistant & Acting Deputy Chief of Police in Cumbria, UK (AC-Crime & Ops).

Graham was a Divisional Commander and a Senior Investigating Officer (Detective Chief Superintendent) in West Yorkshire Police, one of UK's largest police forces and headed many high profile homicide and other major investigations. He was an International Hostage Negotiator Co-ordinator, working in Sierra Leone during the civil war alongside the British High Commission, United Nations and Special Forces. Graham has attended the Crisis Negotiation Course at the FBI College in Quantico, USA.

Graham took the Lead on behalf of UK Government for UK Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) in 2005 and was the DVI Advisor at the London bombings. He also reviewed the response to the Tsunami in Thailand on behalf of Interpol. He was also the Strategic Advisor for the UK Government (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) on numerous disasters around the world.

After leaving the police, in 2009, he continued as the National Strategic Director for UK DVI and the Deputy Chair of the Interpol DVI Standing Committee. He spent 3 years as the Course Director of the UK Multi Agency Strategic Command Course training Chief Officers from all UK Emergency Services, Government Departments and Military. Graham became the Director of his own Emergency Management & Training Consultancy until February 2012 when he joined Charles Sturt University in Australia.

He is currently the Co-Ordinator for Professional Development & International Police Training. As a Senior Lecturer, he coordinates post graduate subjects in Operational Command and Multi-Agency Investigations with the Australian Graduate School of Policing & Security at Charles Sturt University. He is also the Program Director for Mid-Career Training for Senior Police Officers in the Indian Police Service.

Mr Sunderland is a co-editor of an anthology of works on global perspectives on disaster victim identification.

In 2009 Graham was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for outstanding services to policing. He has a Masters Degree in Leadership & Management, BA (Hons) Degree in Public Administration and Organisational Studies from the Open University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Identification from Dundee University.

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Co-ordinator, Professional Development Programs:

  • Investigations Techniques and Methods
  • Investigation Management
  • Investigative Interviewing
  • Terrorism & Security
  • Emergency Management
  • Consequence Management

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  • BA (Hons) Degree in Public Administration and Organisational Studies from the Open University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology from Cambridge University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Human Identification from Dundee University.

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  • Sue Black, Graham Sunderland, Lucina Hackman, and Xanthe Mallett, editors, Disaster Victim Identification: Experience and Practice (Baco Raton, FL: CRS Press, 2011).

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Professional Associations

  • Life member of the Association of Chief Police officers (UK)

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