John Campanella is an innovator who has been identifying emerging issues, driving change and constant improvement in public service for over thirty-two years. John’s career has included increasingly responsible roles and mastery in the areas of law enforcement, risk management, organizational and policy development, compliance, accreditation, project management, training, human resources, and executive level leadership.
Most recently, John led pivotal cultural changes within the Delaware State Police in areas such as fatigue management, special or secondary employment, and staffing and resource allocation. John’s innovative work has pioneered the practical application of fatigue management in law enforcement. He incorporated decades of research by renowned institutions and researchers into action with a successful fatigue management policy and plan. His program not only addressed voluntary actions by officers, but provided a model to mitigate fatigue caused by mandatory work requirements. Successful implementation of an effective fatigue management plan is best accomplished in concert with an established practitioner to train, coach, and mentor stakeholders. John effectively coached and guided the leadership of the Delaware State Police through the realm of uncertainty of fatigue management and he transformed a contentious secondary employment system into a transparent, cost saving, fair, and equitable system.
John understands the nuances of human resource management and of 24/7 police operations and is able to effectively communicate across all business units to guide an agency through the development and implementation of change. John approaches each challenge ethically, honestly, and logically to deliver results that continually exceed expectations.
John retired in September 2017 from the Delaware State Police after thirty two years at the rank of Captain. John served his last four years as the Director of Human Resources with the Delaware State Police, has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is a Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP). John is a risk management consultant, law enforcement subject matter expert, certified assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and a volunteer firefighter. John has extensive training from FEMA on the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Incident Command System (ICS), and is a certified instructor through the Delaware Commission on Police Training. John is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Executive Leadership Program 239th Session and currently serves on two non-profit executive boards.
John’s unique risk management background, and his ability to put theory into action, provides a contemporary law enforcement perspective that will add value to any organization.