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Dave Markel

Law Enforcement

Dave Markel is a seasoned criminal justice professional who for the past 36 years has been dedicated to pursuing justice for victims of crime and interpersonal violence. His training expertise is in the areas of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse investigation and prosecution, and most recently, human resources education on trauma-informed interview principles. Dave’s career began as a patrol officer of the Lafayette (CO) Police Department; three years later he was promoted to Investigator, and was Lead Investigator of the Family Crimes Unit. During this time, Dave designed and established several training and educational programs that were incorporated throughout Colorado for coordinated multi-disciplinary responses for sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence cases. In 2001 Dave retired from law enforcement and began an independent training and consulting business. In January of 2009, Dave was recruited by the US Army Criminal Investigative Command (Criminal Investigations Division—CID) as a civilian Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) to supervise, manage, and assist in coordinating, producing, and presenting the Army’s sexual assault investigation training program. Dave presented sexual assault investigation training to criminal investigative agents and JAGs from all of the U.S. military branches at military installations in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe. In addition he co-managed the advanced, two-week, Special Victims Unit Investigation Course (SVUIC), conducted at both Ft. Leonard Wood, and at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA. Dave completed his HQE appointment in 2014 and currently offers multi-disciplinary investigative training and consulting through his own business, Markel Consulting, LLC. He holds a BA degree in Psychology.

Human Resources: Sexual Assault Investigations—A Trauma-informed Response

We all know that there are definite policies, procedures and guidelines that Human Resources must have for handling sexual harassment and sexual assault complaints—some even mandated by law. One of the most critical aspects for Human Resources is how a report of sexual harassment or sexual assault is treated and addressed by those responsible for investigating these highly sensitive cases. There is certainly the risk of a civil tort and possible federal involvement coming back on organizations that do not handle sexual assault reports in a timely and discreet manner. But equally important is getting all of the pertinent information necessary without causing further harm or trauma to the victim. Traditional approaches and techniques for interviewing sexual assault victims can, and often do, come across as calloused and sometimes even victim-blaming. Common victim responses such as freezing, spacing out, failing to resist, having memory gaps and inconsistencies are all explained in this course. Trauma-informed Interview Principles (TiIPs™) enables Interviewers to understand how victims, due to automatic responses in their brains, actually experienced their assault and (partially) recorded them into memory. Having this knowledge is key to effective evidence gathering. With TiIPs victims feel safe and understood; they’re more cooperative, and when asked the right questions, in the right ways, they provide more and much better evidence. TiIPs is also highly effective with witnesses, and in many cases, even with the accused. Attendees will learn techniques to maximize trauma victims’ recall and enhance the investigative process overall by reducing the potential for false information, reducing victim recantations, and increasing victim cooperation and participation in the HR process of investigating and handling the case.