Inside Edition stated that the Ph.D. student at Washington State University wrote the letter to Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins in the hopes of getting a three-year research assistant position in public safety in early 2022.
“It was a great pleasure to meet with you today and share my thoughts and excitement regarding the research assistantship for public safety,” Kohberger reportedly wrote shortly after they met on April 12.
“I look forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Bryan,” he added.
Jenkins reportedly replied: “Great to meet and talk to you as well.”
WSU, where Kohberger was earning a Ph.D. in criminology, offered the graduate research assistant post.
According to a job description provided by the university, “the goal of these roles is to support each agency through data management and analysis, and to position them for success when they seek external financing,” Inside Edition stated.
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It was unclear whether Kohberger was given a job with the Pullman police department, which did not reply to Inside Edition’s requests for information.
It was also unclear whether the research post was the same as the one mentioned in Kohberger’s probable cause affidavit, which stated that he “authored an essay when he applied for an internship with the Pullman Police Department in the fall of 2022.”
He allegedly claimed in the article that “he had an interest in aiding rural law enforcement organizations with how to properly collect and evaluate technical data in public safety operations.”
Jenkins later became the police chief at Washington State University in August 2022, after serving as the chief of the Pullman police department for 12 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.