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Jim Holmes Named National Director of the International Homicide Investigator's Association (IHIA)


MADISON - Special Agent Jim Holmes of the Wisconsin Department of Justice was recently selected to serve as the Northern Regional Director on the Board of Directors for the International Homicide Investigator's Association (IHIA).


Jim Holmes is a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), where he has been employed since 1996.  He is assigned to the Violent Crimes Focus Area in DCI and is responsible for the investigation of all types of violent crime that occur within Wisconsin. 


"I am very proud that the work Jim is doing in Wisconsin is being recognized nationally," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "Jim's dedication is an inspiration to all of us working in law enforcement and exemplifies the commitment to excellence that we look for throughout the Department of Justice.


Prior to his employment with DCI, Jim was employed with the Dane County Sheriff's Office and the Fitchburg Police Department in Wisconsin.  Jim also served for three years on active duty in the United States Army, and was attached to the 732nd Military Intelligence Battalion in Hawaii. He is a graduate of the University of WisconsinMadison where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in the areas of Behavioral Science & Law and Sociology.


Since 2004, Jim has been the Coordinator of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's annual two-week death investigation school, of which over 300 hundred law enforcement officers have attended.  He is the current President of the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators (WAHI), and he serves on WAHI's Training Committee where he is actively involved in the development of WAHI's annual training conference. 


Jim has been a member of the Wisconsin Child Death Review Council since 2007.  He was also a participant in a fourteen week Advanced Criminal Investigative Techniques training program administered by the FBI in which he was assigned to the Child Abduction and Serial Murder Investigative Resource Center of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, while also being attached to the FBI's 205th National Academy class. 


The Northern Region of IHIA includes: Eastern Canada, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.