Faculty

Jose Arroyo, Instructor

M.A.S. Fairleigh Dickinson University.
A.A.S., Passaic County Community College

 
Professor Arroyo is a graduate of Passaic County Community College, earning his degree in the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice Program. He earned a Master of Administrative Studies (MAS) Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 
Professor Arroyo joined the Paterson Police Department in 1994 and has since attained the rank of Police Lieutenant. He is a New Jersey State Certified Police Instructor has served as an Instructor at the Paterson Police Academy and has served as Director of that Institution. Professor Arroyo continues to serve with the Paterson Police.

Peter J. Cumba, Instructor

M.Ed., Iona College

 
Professor Cumba has earned a Master Degree in Education (M.Ed.) from Iona College, New York. He  retired from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) with the rank of Police Sergeant and currently works as an Instructor at Clifton High School.

Louis M. Gentile, Instructor

M.A.S. Fairleigh-Dickinson University
B.A., Seton Hall University
A.A.S., Passaic County Community College

 
Professor Gentile is a graduate of Passaic County Community College, earning his degree in the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice Program. He earned his bachelor’sdegree  (BA) from Seton Hall University and his Master of Administrative Studies (MAS) degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 
Professor Gentile joined the Passaic Police Department in 1995 and is currently a Police Lieutenant commanding the Department’s School Resource Unit. He is a New Jersey State Certified Police Instructor and serves as an Instructor at the Passaic County Police Academy.

Luis Guzman, Instructor

 
M.P.A., Fairleigh-Dickinson University
B.A., Fairleigh-Dickinson University
A.A.S., Passaic County Community College

 
Professor Guzman is a graduate of Passaic County Community College, earning his degree in the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice Program. He earned his Bachelor Degree (BA) and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 
Professor Guzman joined the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department in 1990, where he served as a corrections officer, and joined the Passaic Police Department in 1991 as a police officer. As a police lieutenant, he served as commanding officer of the department’s Internal Affairs Division and was later promoted to police captain, serving as a patrol commander. He was recently promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of Police in the Passaic Police Department, the highest ranking sworn position in that agency.

William LaRaia, Instructor

 
M.S., Fairleigh-Dickinson University
B.S. City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
A.A.S., Bergen County Community College

 
Professor LaRaia earned an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree from Bergen County Community College. He received a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master of Science (MS) Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Professor LaRaia joined the Englewood Cliffs Police Department in 1985 and attained the rank of Police Captain before recently retiring. He is a New Jersey state certified police instructor and had has taught at both the Bergen County Police Academy and the Paterson Police Academy.

 
He is now with the Office of Public Safety at Passaic County Community College where he is in charge of the technology used to protect the college and those who work and study here. He also serves as an adjunct professor at City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as at St. Peter’s University and Centenary College.

 
Professor LaRaia has co-authored a book chapter (with PCCC Professor Michael Walker) entitled, “The Siege in Mumbai: A conventional terrorist attack aided by modern technology” published in A New Understanding of Terrorism: Case Studies, Trajectories and Lessons Learned, edited by M.R. Haberfeld and Agostino von Hassell and published by Springer+Science Media, New York, 2009.

Instructor

 
M.A., B.S.;  Rutgers University

 
Professor Pearl earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Criminal Justice as well as his Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

 
He joined the Paterson Police Department (PPD) in 2007 then briefly served as a detective at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office before returning to the PPD. Professor Pearl now serves as a detective assigned to the PPD’s Major Crime Investigation Division. He is also a New Jersey state certified police instructor and has taught at both the Paterson Police Academy and the Bergen County Police Academy.

 
Prior to joining the PPD, Professor Pearl served as a research assistant at the Rutgers University Police Institute and as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. He was then hired as a civilian employee by the PPD to assist in the community outreach necessary in order to institute a CeaseFire Program in Paterson; Once the Program became operational, Professor Pearl served as its coordinator until he was hired as a police office.

Walter Pearn, Instructor

 
Walter Pearn, Instructor
B.A., M.A.S.; Fairleigh Dickinson University

 
Professor Pearn is the Coordinator of the Fire Science and Homeland Security Programs as well as Director of the Emergency Medical Technician program at Passaic County Community College.  He also teaches criminal justice courses at PCCC.  A retired police officer from the City of Paterson Police Department, Professor Pearn  served there as assistant police academy director, lead training adviser for the Paterson Police Academy, and Fatal Crash Investigator/ Reconstructionist. Previously, he was employed by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer/Emergency Medical Technician and by the Paterson Fire Department as an Emergency Medical Technician.

 
Professor Pearn holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s Degree in Administrative Science (MAS) with a concentration in Emergency Management and Terrorism Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Joseph Petrocelli, Instructor

MA; Seton Hall University
MA, BA;  Rutgers University

 
Professor Petrocelli earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University followed by a Master of Arts (MA) Degree from Seton Hall University and an additional MA Degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

 
Professor Petrocelli began his law enforcement career in 1987 by serving as a trooper with the New Jersey State Police and then transferred to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department in 1990 where he served as a sheriff’s officer. He is a New Jersey state certified police instructor and had instructed at the Passaic County Police Academy. Before retiring with the rank of Sergeant, Professor Petrocelli was a detective commander with the Department. He is currently an Instructor at the Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne.

 
Professor Petrocelli co-authored two books published by Looseleaf Law Publications, New York: Anatomy of a Motor Vehicle Stop: Essentials of Safe Traffic Enforcement (2005) and No One Trips over a Mountain – Enhancing Officer Safety by doing the Little Things Right (2008) and one co-authored article published in the Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice (Vol. 2 (2):119-131 (2005)) School Performance and Crime: Theoretical and Empirical Links.

John J. Robb, III, Instructor

 
M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University.
A.A.S.; Passaic County Community College

  
Professor Robb is a graduate of Passaic County Community College, earning his degree in the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice Program. He earned his Master of Arts (MA) Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 
Professor Robb joined the Paterson Police Department in 1987 and has served as a police officer, sergeant and police lieutenant. He is currently a police captain commanding the Department’s Special Operations Division. He is a New Jersey state certified police instructor and teaches at the Paterson Police Academy where he previously served as director.

Michael E. Tarantino, Instructor

 
B.A., M.A.S.; Fairleigh-Dickinson University

 
Professor Tarantino earned both his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and his Master of Administrative Science (MAS) Degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 
He began his law enforcement career in 1981 as an investigator with the New Jersey State Police, Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. He then served as a managing deputy chief state investigator with the New Jersey State Division of Criminal Justice. He currently is the chief state investigator in the Counter Terrorism Investigation Bureau of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

 

Charles Tucker, Instructor

 
M.S.; Boston University
B.A.; William Paterson University
A.A.S.; Passaic County community College

  
Professor Tucker is a graduate of Passaic County Community College, earning his degree in the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice Program. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree from the William Paterson University of New Jersey and his Master of Science (MS) Degree from Boston University.

 
He joined the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department in 1991 and currently serves as a captain in that agency. He is a New Jersey state certified police instructor and has instructed at the Passaic County Police Academy.

 

Kenan Tuncel, Instructor

  
M.A.S. Fairleigh-Dickinson University
A.A.S. Passaic County Community College

 
Professor Tuncel is a graduate of Passaic County Community College, earning his degree in the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice Program. He earned his Master of Administrative Science (MAS) Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 
Professor Tuncel joined the Paterson Police Department in 1994 and is currently serving as a police sergeant, member of the Department’s Emergency Response Team, and as a supervisor in the K-9 Unit. He is a New Jersey state certified police instructor and has instructed at the Paterson Police Academy.