Joe Campagna

For the first time, IAHCN welcomes San Jose Police Department Officer Joe Campagna (retired). He has over 29 years experience in law enforcement. He spent three years with the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections, and 26 years with the San Jose Police Department (CA). Joe retired from the San Jose Police Department in November of 2021. He worked as a Graffiti Detective, Internal Affairs Unit, Field Training Officer, Gang Detective, Academy Training Officer, Detective in the Covert Response Unit, and was with the FBI for four years on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Joe was the coordinator, and a member of the San Jose Police Department Tactical Negotiations Unit since 2003. He wrote an article for the National Tactical Officers Association (Tactical Edge) on a bridge jumper negotiation he was involved in. Joe is also a graduate of the two-week FBI National Negotiator Course in Quantico, Virginia.

He has presented to various negotiator conferences including, California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN), National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators (FAHN), Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association (ICNA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators (TAHN).


  • 7-Hour Hostage Barricade

    A domestic incident involving children turns into a barricaded subject call. Officer Campagna interviews the suspect in prison and discusses the entire case with him. This interview is played throughout the debrief. Officer Campagna also uses 911 calls throughout this presentation.

  • Jumper Incident

    Joe will present a two hour debrief involving a suicidal jumper on a bridge.  After several hours of patrol attempting to speak with the subject, the tactical negotiations unit was called in to assist.  Body cam footage of the incident is used to show the difference between patrol tactics and the negotiations unit.