Episode 215 | Just the Law Enforcement Perspective on Conviction IntegrityJaclynn McKay
Original Release Date: July 22, 2022
In episode three of our Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics mini-season, Just Science sat down with Jim Markey, a Senior Research Public Health Analyst with RTI International to discuss the critical role of law enforcement in maintaining the integrity of a conviction.
Law enforcement officers are oftentimes the “gatekeeper” of information on any given case, including details about the crime, the status of evidence being tested, and even whereabouts of a suspect or victim. Working alongside their allied professionals, officers certainly bring an important perspective to the process. Listen along as Jim Markey dives deep into the details of a law enforcement officer’s relationship with attorneys, clearance rates, and how agencies can enhance their relationship within the community.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jim Markey, a Senior Research Public Health Analyst in the Investigative Science Program at RTI International. As a Law Enforcement Specialist, he provides direct consultation and training and technical assistance for criminal justice practitioners across the country. Mr. Markey served 30 years with the Phoenix (Arizona) Police Department, rising from patrolman to supervisor. For 14 years, he led the Adult Sex Crimes Unit—which was the first detective unit to be part of a multidisciplinary team. The team consisted of 12 investigators and support staff who responded to more than 500 sexual assaults per year. His team investigated over 100 serial rape and sexual violence cases. Mr. Markey’s work included regular meetings with internal and external partners to develop policy and talk openly about a variety of issues involving violence against women. He developed one of the first cold case sexual assault units and received more than 30 commendations, including the Police Chief’s Unit Award and the Distinguished Service Award.