JHT Board Members

Kathleen Decker

Kathy joined the King County ( Washington) Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy in 1985. She rose to the rank of Detective in 1992 and has, collectively, over 15 years experience working as a Detective in the King County Sheriff’s Special Assault Unit and the Major Crime Unit. While serving in the Major Crime Unit Kathy specialized in homicide investigation. Kathy holds a BA degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University.

Kathy has investigated and worked many crime scenes, providing tracking expertise and examination. As a result of her work on crime scenes she has testified as an expert witness, presenting tracking evidence.

Kathy served as the King County Search and Rescue Coordinator for five years; managing over 600 SAR volunteers for the King County Sheriff’s Department. She has been associated with the Joel Hardin Professional Tracking program since 1998, regularly providing introductory tracker training to law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office. Kathy has also traveled internationally as a member of Joel Hardin Professional Trackers International the division of JHPTS that responds internationally to official SAR and investigative tracking requests.

Kathy has provided forensic photo analysis and testimony, based solely on crime scene photographs. She provides instruction to law enforcement on the identification and processing of outdoor crime scenes. Kathy’s background in criminal investigations and her experience in managing and coordinating have also been used on missing person cases. Kathy is currently a member of the Pierce County Child Abduction Response Team.


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