Jim Trainum
By TLR Editors

Detective Jim Trainum (retired) was with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for a total of 27 years – the last 19 of which he was assigned to the homicide branch. During his career, Trainum worked on numerous local and federal task forces and joint projects. He created and was the director of his department’s Violent Crime Case Review Project which oversaw the review of old homicide cases. Trainum is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, the Homicide Research Group, the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group and The Vidocq Society. He is also member of the board of the Mid-Atlantic Homicide Investigators Association. Trainum has presented at universities, police academies, legislative bodies and conferences on various topics ranging from cold case investigative techniques, criminal profiling, avoiding investigative pitfalls, videotaping of interrogations, police reform issues and false confessions. He is the recipient of the Ethics in Law Enforcement Award, a honorary Professional Associate Professorship from Marymount University and the 2009 Champion of Justice Award from The Innocence Project. Trainum is the co-author of a chapter in the book Criminal Investigative Failures in which he details the circumstances surrounding a false confession which he obtained in 1994. In 2010 Trainum completed an assessment of the interrogation practices of the New Orleans Police Department at the request of the U. S. Department of Justice. He recently served on an advisory board for the Police Executive Research Forum researching eyewitness identification practices across the country. Currently consulting on both open cases and alleged wrongful conviction cases, Trainum reviews cases as a volunteer with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well as the Parents of Murdered Children’s Second Opinion Services program.