Conference Speaker:

Sgt. James “Jim” Markey (Retired)

Consultant, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

Sgt. Markey has over 30 years of law enforcement experience with the Phoenix Police Department. Serving in a variety of positions Jim was recognized with over 30 commendations and awards. For over 14 years he directly supervised the sexual assault unit which is part of a multi-disciplinary sexual assault response team co-located in the City of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center. Jim oversaw the investigation of more than 7,000 sexual assaults, including over 150 serial rape cases. In 2001, he implemented a first of its kind sexual assault cold case team with the City of Phoenix. This team reviewed nearly 4,000 unsolved sexual assault dating back 25 over years. For the past 17 years Jim has been a certified and nationally recognized trainer developing and delivering sexual violence training for numerous local, state, federal, and campus criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. Among other engagements, he works as a consultant/instructor trainer for The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), The International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), Department of Justice (DOJ) agencies to include BJA, OVW, OVC, and NIJ, BodeCellmark Laboratories, Joyful Heart Foundation, National SANE-SART, the International Association for Forensic Nurses, and University of South Florida TANC group, Time to Address the Nations Cold Cases.

Currently, Jim is a partner consultant with the DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI). This team was formed in 2016 to provide technical assistance and training to 41 SAKI and rape kit backlog grantees across the United States. Additionally, he serves on the Department of Defense Advisory Committee on the Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Military (DACIPAD), the Massage Envy Corporation Safety Council, Arizona Commission on Victims in the Courts (COVIC), and the Arizona Forensic Science Advisory Committee. He provided his expertise on both National Institute of Justice (NIJ) SAFER Act Working Group and Editorial Team and the NIJ Cold Case Working Group. Jim’s experience was a driving factor behind development of a sexual assault unit assessment project. This project is a comprehensive review of police agencies response to sexual assault designed to assist in reviewing, evaluating, and making recommendations for improving their response.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science-Criminal Justice degree from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He currently resides in Fountain Hills Arizona.

Jim Markey

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