Joel started his law enforcement career in 1975 and retired from the San Rafael Police Department in 2011, after serving in Law Enforcement for over 32 years. Joel's past police assignments have included SWAT, Canine, Patrol, Investigations, Street Crimes Unit and Mental Health Liaison. Joel is a peer/clinician member of the First Responder Support Network (FRSN) and was Board President from 2002 through 2012. Joel is now the Clinical Director for FRSN.
In addition to his volunteer work at WCPR, Joel teaches a variety of topics to law enforcement throughout California, has a private practice and consults with numerous agencies. Joel earned his doctorate in Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, is a licensed psychologist and specializes in emergency services response to critical incident stress. Joel is board certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Approximately 50 psychologists in the country have this certification.