The role of "dual sector" education in police, military, safety and security crime scene investigations

Doug Abrahamson (Presenter)

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Let us begin by stating that contemporary police, safety, security and defense personnel and organizations face complexities never imagined by leaders of the past. We live and work in an increasingly dynamic, complex and interrelated world. Ever-changing economics, politics, laws, technologies and social values have created public policy issues within society that are so complicated they are often referred to as being “wicked problems,” due to their persistence and resistance to conventional thinking, strategies, policies or solutions.

From a global crime perspective, we do not have to look far for examples of these wicked policy issues and societal problems: organized crime, corruption, digital crime, violent extremism, sexual violence, elicit narcotics, human trafficking and mass casualty events to name but a few.

As a former police officer and forensic identification specialist with over 30 years of criminal investigation experience in Canada, I, like many of you, have witnessed significant changes to policing and criminal investigations over these many years. Primary among these change has been the recognition that public safety and security, whether viewed from a safety, security, defense, emergency preparedness and/or crisis management perspective (SSDEC), our personnel and organizations need to be more proactive in their in their models of operation, more collaborative in their actions, and more knowledgeable of their professions to be truly effective. If we remember that many of the safety, security and defense issues we face today are resistant to conventional thinking, strategies, policies or solutions…we need to change how we think, we need to create new strategies and policies, and we need to come up with new solutions based on the most current thinking and academic research.

As an academic, past criminal investigator and forensic identification specialist, I recognize the importance of and linkage between education and training in maintaining public safety. I also recognize the importance of higher education and vocational training in building individual and organizational capability, capacity and resilience within a highly complex, interrelated and volatile global environment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventGCC Forensic Science and GCC DNA Symposium 2017 - Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 14 Nov 201716 Nov 2017


ConferenceGCC Forensic Science and GCC DNA Symposium 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi


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