Welcome David Lambkin

The AISOCC welcomes David Lambkin as our new consulting member. In 2007, Detective David Lambkin retired from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with over 24 years as a detective specializing in sexual assault and homicide investigations. During his tenure, Lambkin investigated over 1,000 sexually motivated crimes and scores of homicides as a case-carrying detective; he also supervised and fulfilled investigative support roles in hundreds of other homicide and sexual assault investigations as the Officer in Charge of the Hollywood Homicide and Sex Crime Units; a supervising detective in Robbery-Homicide Division’s Rape Special Section; and, the Officer-in-Charge of Robbery-Homicide Division’s Cold Case Homicide Unit (a unit conceived and implemented by Detective Lambkin in 2001). Since its inception, the Cold Case Homicide Unit has screened over 12,000 unsolved and unprosecuted homicides dating back to 1960 and has reopened hundreds of cold cases. To date, this unit has solved over 100 murders, identified and convicted multiple serial murderers, and has secured the release of a man who was erroneously convicted of murder.

Detective Lambkin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science; a second Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration; and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He was a State recognized subject-matter expert in the field of sexual assault and homicide investigations. As such, he served as an advisor on training, investigative, and victim advocacy issues for a multitude of entities including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department of Justice and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Detective Lambkin also sat on many committees dealing with investigative and victim advocacy concerns and was an advisor to various victim service organizations.

For over two decades, Detective Lambkin served as an instructor for a variety of formal law enforcement training schools including the Los Angeles Police Department’s Basic and Advanced Detective Schools, Command Development School, Recruit Academy, and the State of California’s Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Homicide School. He also provided counselor and forensic nurse training for various community and hospital based responders.

Detective Lambkin has been a recipient of many awards and commendations including; The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women Humanitarian of the Year Award; Hollywood Division’s Detective of the Quarter Award (three-time recipient); Hollywood Division’s Detective of the Year Award (two-time recipient); and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s DNA Awareness Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about our new consulting member and especially to get insight in the cases he handled, I recommend this article from the Pacific Standard online. One of the many tokens of appreciation for David’s work is here.

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About Kenneth L. Mains

Founder and President of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases.

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