Program Manager, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
Jen Wallace has served in and around law enforcement for over 30 years. She spent most of her career in Seattle as a criminal investigator/Special Agent and supervisor with the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). After retiring from DCIS in 2015, Jen worked with the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in a civilian capacity on a Human Trafficking grant prior to moving into her current role as a Program Manager for Sexual Assault Investigations at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC). At the outset of her DCIS career, Special Agent Wallace was selected to the DCIS Tailhook Task Force that was assembled to re-investigate the Navy Tailhook case findings. Jen cites this case as being the most impactful of her career not only because of the vast number of interviews conducted of victims, witnesses, and Navy pilot suspects in her year-long assignment to this case, but also due to what we did not know then and now understand of trauma. Jen has brought this understanding into her current role of training officers in victim interviewing on sexual assault cases. At WSCJTC, Jen works with a talented and devoted multi-disciplinary team that includes professional actors in the delivery of the mandatory victim interviewing training. A key feature of the training is the reliance on actors to portray sexual assault victims and survivors while being interviewed by training participants. The collaborations with the Trauma Resource Institute and integration of the Community Resiliency Model® wellness skills in interviews are intended to further engagement and endurance by officers and victims. Jen’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University (where she played on a national champion soccer team) and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. She currently lives in Cle Elum, WA.