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Crystal Daye

Crystal Daye

Research Associate


MPA, North Carolina State University
BA, English, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Crystal Daye is a program manager in our Investigative Science Research Program, part of the Center for Police Research and Investigative Science. She specializes in research on policing and investigative operations, sexual assault response reform and forensics.

Currently, Ms. Daye serves as site liaison manager for the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance (SAKI TTA) project, which is a Bureau of Justice Assistance funded effort that assists jurisdictions across the United States with creating a coordinated mutli-disciplinary response sexual assault investigation reform, including addressing evidence found in sexual assault kits (SAKs) that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory and supporting the investigation and prosecution of these cases. She has contributed to many other projects focused on promoting up-to-date technology and best practices among police officers, forensic examiners, sexual assault nurse examiners, victim advocates, and other professionals in the criminal justice system. She currently co-leads the Evaluation of Digital Evidence Processing Efficiencies in Publicly Funded Crime Laboratories and the California Modern Policing AB-89 projects. She has worked on many other projects, including the Assessment of the New York City Police Department Special Victim’s Division Response to Sexual Assault,  the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, the Arrest-Related Deaths Program, and the Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices, among others.

Ms. Daye joined RTI in 2010. Previously, she managed the Morrisville Police Department’s efforts to achieve and maintain accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. She also has experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She is a four-time recipient of the RTI President’s Award.

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