James L. Trainum, Private Consultant and Former Detective of the Metropolitan DC Police Department / Washington, DC
James L. Trainum was with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for a total of 27 years. He created and was the director of his department's Violent Crime Case Review Project which oversaw the review of old homicide cases. Trainum has presented at universities, police academies, prosecutor's offices, 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. He is the author of the article "I Did It" - Confession Contamination and Evaluation that was published in the June 2014 web edition of The Police Chief magazine. Currently consulting on both open cases, alleged wrongful convictions and "near miss" cases, Trainum also 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.