Joseph W. Trindal
Direct Action Resilience
Mr. Joseph Trindal serves as the International Region Representative at the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). With 40 years of law enforcement and training experience, Mr. Trindal is also senior law enforcement advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). At ICITAP, Mr. Trindal works with the U.S. Department of State and several foreign governments in coordinating the design and implementation of assistance training and advisory programs promoting modern law enforcement and investigative practices while advancing human rights and the rule of law.
With an extensive career in U.S. federal law enforcement, Mr. Trindal was recruited to serve as the first regional director and special agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Protective Service (FPS), National Capital Region (NCR). From the creation of DHS until his retirement, Mr. Trindal led the FPS police and investigative agency of over 400 full time officers, special agents, and support personnel as well as over 6,500 contract security personnel in protecting federal facilities throughout the NCR. He led the funding authorization initiative, design planning, and implementation of FPS’ only regional academy located at Bryn Mar in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. During his tenure at FPS, Mr. Trindal led the creation of the first Chemical Inspectors Training Academy in standing up DHS’s first infrastructure protection regulatory authority, the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) initially leveraging FPS WMD specialists nationwide. He also served on the faculty at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as well as an adjunct instructor and advisor to the FPS National Academy.
Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Trindal served 20 years with the DOJ U.S. Marshals Service (USMS). At the time of the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Trindal was the chief deputy U.S. marshal in the Eastern District of Wisconsin and one of three (3) national incident commanders for the USMS Emergency Response Teams. He led the USMS 18-month Operation Enduring Justice in response to the 9/11 attacks. During his USMS career, Mr. Trindal also served at the USMS Training Academy as lead instructor for firearms and officer survival training programs. He served as an adjunct instructor at the Justice Management Institute for several years. During his assignment as a senior inspector (special agent) at the USMS Office of Inspections and Investigations (OII – internal affairs), Mr. Trindal actively participated in major reforms of policies, investigative practices, and training that served as a blueprint for the creation of DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
After retirement from DHS, Mr. Trindal has served as president and chief operating officer for a group of companies that included the Protective Services Training Academy in Marlboro, Maryland. He also served as the director of law enforcement training at the Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He continues serving as a guest lecturer at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Mr. Trindal is a founding member of the Preparedness Leadership Council and president emeritus at the FBI’s InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance. He has published over 50 articles and training publications with the Domestic Preparedness Journal, the Pinnacle (USMS publication), the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute, and with QuickSeries®. Mr. Trindal is a distinguished veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and holds degrees with academic honors in Criminal Justice and Police Science.