Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) in the Age of COVID
This conference workshop presentation discusses and addresses the challenges and solutions SAKI sites have addressed in completing their goals while under the COVID pandemic. Areas explored include: changes in victim notification and engagement practices, law enforcement adjustments to case follow up, including offender contact, investigative case progression and the challenges (meeting the metrics), agency staffing issues, prosecution concerns and impact, and impact on MDT and SART meeting.
Lieutenant, Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff's Office
Senior Law Enforcement Specialist, RTI International
Jim is a 30-year veteran of the Phoenix (AZ) Police Department. He retired as a Detective Sergeant overseeing the adult sex crime unit which investigated more than 7,000 rapes including over 100 serial rape suspects. In 2001, he developed the Phoenix Police Department Sexual Assault Cold Case Team. Mr. Markey is currently a Senior Law Enforcement Specialist for The Research Triangle Institute in Raleigh North Carolina providing technical assistance for the Department of Justice BJA SAKI (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative). Jim was a member of both the National Institute of Justice SAFER Act and Cold Case Working Groups. He serves on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Victims in the Courts and Department of Defense Advisory Committee on the Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Military (DACIPAD). His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice degree from Arizona State University and Master of Educational Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University.