Adjunct Staff

Dr Doug Abrahamson

MBA, DPubPol

Adjunct Lecturer
off campus

Profile

Dr. Doug Abrahamson brings a broad and deep knowledge of policing practices and policies, having served 35 years as an officer with both the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Victoria Police Department in Canada.

During his career Dr. Abrahamson served in many roles, however, specialized in major crime investigation, forensic identification, and police policy, planning, research and internal management and operations auditing. This knowledge was augmented by his service as a Senior Research Fellow with the Police Executive Research Forum think tank in Washington, DC (USA), various Board and Committee memberships, and his role as peer reviewer for several public safety/security academic journals.

Currently, Doug is designing, developing, and implementing an adult education program for a Canadian Federal Government agency that required training and competency development on topics such as: investigation principles and practices, report writing, multi-media scene documentation, witness interviewing and court testimony and presentations.

Teaching

For the last 20 years Dr. Abrahamson has taught police officers and public safety and security professionals in Canada, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates in various capacities, including: lecturer, mentor, guest lecturer and Assistant Professor.

Course topic areas:

  • Criminology
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Comparative policing policies and practices (Canada/USA)Professional report writing
  • Effective criminal investigation practices
  • Forensic identification policies and practices (friction ridge analysis & DNA)
  • Forensic photography
  • Fire investigation
  • Child protection

Research Focus

Dr. Abrahamson’s current research, writing and/or consulting projects focus on, areas such as: public safety and security capability building; teamwork; good-governance policies and practices; workplace bullying and harassment awareness and prevention; cross-sector collaborations; information and knowledge sharing; forensic science (fingerprints and DNA) best practices and evidence-based research.

Professional Memberships

  • International Association on Workplace Bullying & Harassment
  • Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing (CAN-SEBP)
  • Society of Evidence Based Policing (SEBP)
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  • Canadian Police Research Network (CPRN)

Publications

  1. Abrahamson, D.E. (2021, in press). Making the case for business coaching. Worldwide Association of Business Coaches - Evidence Based White Paper Research Series. Victoria, BC: WABC Coaches
  2. Abrahamson, D.E., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2020). Working with others: Future policing partnerships. In P. Birch, M. Kennedy & E. Kruger (Eds.), Australian policing: Critical issues in 21st Century police practice. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
  3. Abrahamson, D.E. (2020). Evidence-based policing: Impact of organizational context and leadership on programmatic adoption. In G. den Heyer & J. Albrecht (Eds.), Enhancing police service delivery- Global perspectives and contemporary policy implications. Springer Publishing
  4. Abrahamson, D. E. (2019). Shifting policing paradigms: The roles of collaboration and team coaching in evidence-based policing implementation. In D. Clutterbuck, J. Gannon, S. Hayes, J. Iordanou, K. Lowe, & D. MacKie (Eds.), The Practitioner’s Handbook of Team Coaching (1st ed.). Routledge
  5. Abrahamson, D.E. (2016). Team (business) coaching: Why, Where, When & How? Worldwide Association of Business Coaches - Evidence Based White Paper Research Series. Victoria, BC: WABC Coaches.
  6. Abrahamson, D. E., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Impediments to information and knowledge sharing within policing: A study of three Canadian policing organizations. SAGE Open, 4(1). DOI: 10.1177/2158244013519363
  7. Abrahamson, D. E., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). Organizational information culture and its impact on information use in policing:  An exploratory study of three Canadian organizations. Journal of Information Research, 18(4), Paper 598.
  8. Abrahamson, D.E. (2013). Making the connection between police information and use, organizational culture, and information use outcomes (DoctoraI dissertation). Charles Sturt University-Australian Graduate School of Policing, Manly, Australia.
  9. Abrahamson, D., & Taylor, B. (2007). Evidence-based policing: Are we ready, willing, and able? Subject to Debate (February). Washington, DC: Police Executive Research Forum

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