Jan R. Saylor, M.A. - Report Investigator
Describe your responsibilities and how long you've been at the Archdiocese.
I have been with the Archdiocese since July 15, 2015 as a Report Investigator and a part of the Office of Child and Youth Protection. I have a Masters of Arts, Administration of Justice from Wichita State University. I have 35 years of law enforcement experience as a Kansas State police officer, state trooper, and FBI agent. My primary role is to investigate allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse involving minors and/or vulnerable adults by clergy, Archdiocesan employees (including Catholic school employees), and volunteers. As defined by the Archdiocese, sexual abuse also includes possession, manufacture or distribution of child pornography.
I also investigate the sexual misconduct with or around a minor or vulnerable adult which does not rise to the level of sexual abuse but would constitute a violation of the safety guidelines put forth by the Archdiocese’s safe environment policies and procedures when working with minors and/or vulnerable adults. In addition, at the request of the Archbishop (AB) or Vicar for Clergy, I investigate reports concerning allegations of sexual misconduct by a member of the clergy with a non-minor.
I conduct inquiries and interviews as I deem appropriate, without interference from any official of the Archdiocese, as part of the investigative process. This is done “independently, impartially, and confidentially,” and includes a victim and/or reporting party interview, an interview of the accused, interviews with witnesses, development and discovery of any other information deemed appropriate, review of personnel files (including clergy) or other documentation on relevant past behavior.
I operate under the guidelines set forth in the Child Protection Policy of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and I have the authority and responsibility to contact law enforcement and other civil authorities, including the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), in all instances where sexual abuse of a minor is believed to have occurred. I cooperate with any investigation conducted by civil and/or criminal authorities, and I do not interfere with any pending investigation being conducted. At the conclusion of the investigation, I provide a written investigative report to the Independent Review Board (IRB), and ensure that both the victim and the accused are invited to speak to the members of the IRB. I ensure that all allegations of sexual abuse, boundary violations and adult sexual misconduct by clergy, Archdiocesan employees, and/or volunteers are permanently documented and stored in the database for record-keeping purposes.
I am responsible for answering telephone calls to the confidential report line, 913-647- 3051, as well as reports through the on-line reporting mechanism. These calls and on-line reporting are documented.
I formulate safety plans for individuals in the Archdiocese who are known registered sex offenders or who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.
Why did/do you feel called to work here? What do you love most about what you do? How does the Archbishop and other clergy leadership rely on your advice and decision-making?
I have always felt a calling towards the field of criminal justice and in making a difference in the lives of others, in my community, in my country, and now in my faith. I greatly value my Catholic faith and the integrity of not only the Church but those who are entrusted to its well being. I feel extremely fortunate that I have this opportunity to use my skills and expertise within the Church setting, especially now as the Church is facing a sex abuse crisis.
Most of my career has been in government service: as a police officer, a state trooper, and an FBI Special Agent. And, as a government employee, I was careful to keep work and faith separate. What I love about my work at the Archdiocese is that my faith does not have to be separate. Everyone here shares the common bond of being Catholic. The chapel is just down the hall where the Angelus is said every weekday at noon. The walls are filled with faith-based art. The halls are shared with those who have the same Christian values. But, most importantly, I love the mission…to protect the children. My experience in law enforcement, especially as an FBI Agent, brings a unique perspective and expertise to the investigations which the Archbishop and leadership rely on to help them determine the credibility of the allegations.