An Oregon native, Carrie Hull began her career as a law enforcement officer in 2006 after graduating from the Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training and the Portland Police Bureau advanced academy. Currently, she is employed by the Ashland Police Department as a detective assigned to the You Have Options Program as the Program Director. Additionally, Carrie Hull is an instructor with the Oregon Sexual Assault Training Institute where she teaches best practices in sexual assault investigations to law enforcement officers across the nation, serves as a member of the Legislative and Public Policy Committee for the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force and as a member of the National Crime Victim Law Institute’s Advisory Council.
At the Ashland Police Department Carrie Hull has worked as a general crimes detective with a special emphasis on child abuse, child sexual abuse and gender violence. During her time with the investigations division she collaborated with department administration to change how the agency responded to sexual violence cases. The department now follows a victim-centered and offender-focused approach created by Carrie Hull that resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement.
In 2013 Carrie Hull formalized her approach to sexual assault reporting and investigations by founding the You Have Options Program, a national law enforcement program that provides reporting options for survivors of sexual violence. During the You Have Options Program development Carrie Hull created the Inquiry into Serial Sexual Assault (ISSA), the 20 Elements of a Victim-Centered and Offender-Focused Law Enforcement Response and the national law enforcement website http://www.ReportingOptions.org. In 2015 the You Have Options Program received the Innovations in Criminal Justice Award from the Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s (APA) and in 2015 was a finalist for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Webber Seavey Award that recognizes law enforcement agencies for promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement’s contribution and dedication to the quality of life in local communities.
Carrie Hull frequently conducts trainings for many audiences including law enforcement officers, law enforcement managers, prosecutors, judges, advocates, campus administrators and mental health professionals on issues of sexual assault, the identification of serial sexual predators, sexual assault dynamics, strengthening the law enforcement response to sexual violence, non-stranger sexual assault investigations, coordinated community response and the You Have Options Program. Carrie Hull has been given the opportunity to present and train for various organizations including the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP), End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the United States Army and the National Crime Victims Law Institute (NCVLI) in addition to instructing at the Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training and for the Reserve Officer Law Enforcement Academy.
Carrie Hull is the founder and administrator of the Southern Oregon Sexual Assault Symposium, has coordinated and managed numerous community education presentations in relation to gender violence and co-authored “You Have Options: Improving Law Enforcement’s Response to Sexual Assault,” in the December 2014 issue of Police Chief Magazine. She has participated in roundtable discussions facilitated by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill regarding campus sexual assault, was featured as a subject matter expert in “Pursuit of Truth: Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Seeking Justice” and testified in the Oregon Legislature regarding and in support of sexual assault protective orders and advocate privilege.
Carrie Hull relies on her years of experience directly working with survivors of sexual violence, in addition to other victims of trauma, to inform and enhance her passion for improving the criminal justice response to sexual violence. As Program Director for the You Have Options Program she continues to work with community partners to provide training, technical assistance and policy development to law enforcement professionals seeking to improve their agency’s response to sexual violence. Carrie Hull is an avid supporter for the use of trauma-informed interviewing by all law enforcement personnel, specifically focusing on bringing awareness to the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview method developed by Chief Russell Strand of the United States Army.
During her tenure as a law enforcement officer Carrie Hull has been a forensic interviewer of children, a participating member of the Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) as well as the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team (JC SART) and the Jackson County Child Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team and obtained instructor certification in Verbal Defense and Influence.
In 2015 Carrie Hull was selected to receive the End Violence Against Women International Professional Impact Award for work that has significantly influenced response to violence against women, the National Crime Victim Law Institute’s (NCVLI) Victims’ Rights Partnership Award and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Breaking Barriers Achievement Award. In 2014 she received the local and regional Ruby Award from Soroptimist International and has been the recipient of three community-policing awards and two merit awards in addition to being named Office of the Year at the Ashland Police Department.