Joseph Giacalone
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MA: John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2005, Criminal Justice with a Specialty in Crime and Deviance)

BBA: Hofstra University (1991, Banking and Finance)


Joseph L. Giacalone is a retired NYPD Sergeant SDS (Supervisor Detective Squad) who held many prestigious positions during his more than 20 year career. Most of his career was dedicated to conducting and supervising major criminal investigations. He was the Executive Officer of the 110th Precinct Detective Squad in Queens and the Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Squad. He was responsible for managing hundreds of cold case homicides and missing persons cases. While working in the NYPD, he found the time to obtain a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialty in Crime and Deviance from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2005.

Some of the positions that he held while employed with the NYPD:

·         Commanding Officer, Bronx Cold Case Squad

·         Commanding Officer, Crime Stoppers Unit

·         Executive Officer, Detective Bureau Training Unit

·         Director, NYPD Homicide School

·         Executive Officer, 110th Precinct Detective Squad

Professor Giacalone is an Adjunct in the Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration Department. He is the author of The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators published by Looseleaf Law, Inc., now in its third edition.

Professor Giacalone is often cited in the media for his unique perspective on matters related to criminal investigation and cold cases. He has consulted and trained law enforcement officers from all over the United States and the world.

He is the recipient of the NYPD Medal for Valor.


Cold Cases, Homicides, Gender Based Violence and general Criminal Investigations

Courses Taught

PSC 101: Introduction to Law Enforcement
PSC 107: Introduction to Criminal Investigations
PSC 201: Police Administration
PSC 202: Diveristy in Policing
PSC 204: Police Patrol
PSC 301: Police Manager
PSC 324: Police Use of Force
PSC 340: Police Field Operations
PSC 405: Seminar on Organized Crime in America (Capstone)
PSC 415: Seminar in Terrorism (Capstone) 

CJBS 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System



Professional Memberships

Board of Directors - The Murder Accountabilty Project

Scholarly Work


The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators 4th Edition. Blue 360 Media, February 2023

Criminal Investigative Function - 4th Edition









The Cold Case Handbook. Blue 360 Media (April 2023) 

Cold Case Handbook



















Honors and Awards

NYPD Department Medal for Valor (formerly known as the Medial for Merit)