Missing Persons; Sex offending; Serial, sexual violent crimes; Evidence based policing; Investigative techniques

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WENDY PICKNELL

Biography:

Wendy successfully completed her post-secondary education at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Police Studies and a minor in Psychology, as well as the Criminology Certificate.


Wendy is a sergeant with the RCMP with over 15 years of experience, having worked in a variety of positions in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Ontario.
Wendy has an extensive history of working on issues related to missing, vulnerable and victimized persons. She has been considered a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in child exploitation, having served as a member of several Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Units, and travelling overseas to teach ICE courses to other police forces. She was also a member of the RCMP’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry Team. All of these aforementioned positions have brought Wendy to her current position within the Vulnerable Person Unit of the RCMP, where she works to create a National Coordination Center for Victims of Crime.


She is currently interested in Missing Persons, sex offending, investigative techniques and serial, & sexual violent crimes. She is passionate about seeking out applied research to help inform evidence- based police practices in Canada and is currently researching missing persons as part of the CAN-SEBP Virtual Scholar Program.