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Joseph Petrocelli

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.