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Douglas Orr, Ph.D.

Title: Department Head
Phone: 706-867-3084

Office: Hansford Hall, 347, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, Disaster Management, Homeland Security, Major Crimes Investigations, Criminal Justice Labor Management Issues


Douglas A. Orr is a 30-year law enforcement veteran who has served as a commissioned law enforcement officer in South Carolina, Idaho, and Washington. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the years, Dr. Orr has assumed various roles such as Collision Reconstructionist, Street Crimes, Truancy, Sexual Assault and Polygraph. He retired in 2016 as a Detective in the Major Crimes Unit of the Spokane Police Department in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Orr now serves as the Department Head of the Criminal Justice Department at the University of North Georgia.

Dr. Orr also holds membership in the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the American Society of Criminologists (ASC), and the Homicide Research Working Group (HRWG). He is nationally certified as a polygraph examiner through the American Polygraph Association and is certified as an EnCE computer forensic examiner. He is proficient with SPSS.

Courses Taught

  • CRJU 2004 Criminology
  • CRJU 4000 Criminal Investigations
  • CRJU 4001 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 4310 Criminal Typologies
  • CRJU 4325 Homeland Security
  • CRJU 4530 Cybercrime and Digital Investigation
  • CRJU 7112 Police & Society
  • CRJU 7120 Forensic Behavioral Analysis


  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Washington State University, 2005
  • M.S., Cybersecurity, Saint Leo University , 2017
  • MBA, Human Resources, Saint Leo University, 2011
  • M.A., Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University, 2002

Research/Special Interests

Cybersecurity; Cybercrime; Disaster Management; Homeland Security; Major Crimes Investigations; Criminal Justice Labor Management Issues


  • Orr, Douglas A. and Rachel Gover. (2019). The Internet of Things: An Analysis of Insecurity. The Journal of Saint Leo University’s College of Education and Social Services, Vol. I (2).
  • Orr, Douglas A. and Buddy Tidwell. (2019). Critical Thinking and the Digital Forensics Examiner. Journal of Forensic Sciences and Digital Investigation, 2019(2): 69-77.
  • Orr, Douglas A. and Drew M. Lancaster. (2018). Cryptocurrency and the Blockchain: A Discussion of Forensic Needs. International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics, 7(4): 420-435.
  • Orr, Douglas A. and Alvi Castro. (2018). Whatsapp Messenger on the Android Platform: A Forensic Examination of a Physical Device. Forensic Sciences: Methods and Techniques, 2018 (1), pp. 04-19.
  • Orr, Douglas A. and Peter White. (2018). Current State of Forensic Acquisition for IaaS Cloud Services. Journal of Forensic Sciences & Criminal Investigation, Vol. 10, Issue 1.
  • Reid, Andrew L. and Douglas Orr. (2018). Bitcoin Investigations: Evolving Methodologies and Case Studies. Journal of Forensic Research, Vol. 9, Issue 3.
  • Orr, Douglas A. and Laura Sanchez. (2017, Forthcoming). Alexa, Did You Get That? Determining the Evidentiary Value of Amazon Echo® and Alexa related data. Digital Investigation: The International Journal of Digital Forensics and Incident Response, *Revise and Resubmit currently underway.
  • Orr, Douglas A. and Michael Reiter. (2017, October). Cisco’s Jabber: A Closer Look with a Python Script. International Journal of Forensic Computer Science, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 22-30.
  • Paterline, Brent A. and Douglas Orr. (2016, December). Adaption to Prison and Inmate Self-Concept. Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Vol. 4. No. 2, pp. 70-79.
  • Moran, John and Douglas A. Orr. (2012, April 26). The Automatic Crash Recovery: Internet Explorer's black box. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security & Law, Vol. 7. No. 3.

Work Experience

Academic Experience

Department Head
Department of Criminal Justice
University of North Georgia

Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
University of North Georgia

Assistant Department Head
Department of Criminal Justice
University of North Georgia

Assistant Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
University of North Georgia

Adjunct Professor
Department of Sociology
Gonzaga University

Adjunct Professor
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Washington State University – Spokane

Professional Experience

Pacific Research & Consulting LLC,
Spokane, Washington.

Spokane Police Department,
Spokane, Washington.

Idaho State Police,
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Greenville Police Department,
Greenville, South Carolina.

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