DeStefano, Joseph

Carolyn Ashby
Name: Joseph DeStefano

Title: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Department: Administration of Justice

Campus: 112-H, Hobbs Campus- Suffolk

Phone: 757.925.6330


I joined the faculty at PDCCC in August 2015 as faculty for the Administration of Justice program.

I am a product of the community college system having attended a community college in North Carolina while serving in the U.S. Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC ultimately transferring and receiving an A.A.S degree and an A.S. degrees from Tidewater Community College before transferring to Old Dominion University where I received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. I also hold a Master of Public Administration degree with a Criminal Justice major from Troy State University.

Prior to coming to PDCCC I served in the U.S Marine Corps as a military policeman then joined the Suffolk Police Department serving as an Auxiliary officer, police officer, sergeant, and training officer for 17 years. I was an adjunct instructor in the Administration of Justice program at Tidewater Community College. I also served as the police academy director for 12 years and later as Director of Campus Safety and Security at College of The Albemarle in North Carolina. I have trained law enforcement and military forces from Israel, Jordan, and Afghanistan in those countries, as well as numerous other countries and federal, state, and local agencies throughout the U.S. as a contractor. I currently serve as a reserve police officer in Edenton, NC and deputy sheriff in Chowan County, NC. Additionally, I am an adjunct instructor in the police academy at Martin Community College in NC.

I am excited about this opportunity with PDCCC and hope to grow the program and enhance the educational opportunities for our students, law enforcement officers and criminal justice personnel throughout the region. I am happy to be back home in Hampton Roads, VA and reside in Suffolk with my wife and our cats.