Joseph was born in New Jersey and graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. He has a minor in Psychology and a specialization in advanced statistics and research methods.
Joseph was a crime analyst for the Lakewood Police Department in Lakewood, NJ. He was responsible for community policing and crime prevention strategies, crime mapping utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the rezoning of all patrol zones based on crime data, and weekly CompStat meetings with command staff.
Joseph was then hired as a Special Agent with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and assigned to the Newark, NJ Field Division in a street level heroin task force. Joseph was transferred to the Miami Field Division in 2004 where he was assigned to a Title-III enforcement group targeting cocaine and heroin drug trafficking organizations in South and Central America. From 2009 to 2012 he was assigned to the Miami Tactical Diversion Squad which targeted pain clinics and the illicit distribution of opioids in South Florida. In 2012, Joseph was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and transferred to the Phoenix Field Division, Nogales Resident Office and then to the Tucson District Office several years later.
After retiring from DEA, Joseph’s passion was in suicide prevention and helping people with drug and alcohol addiction. He volunteers in his spare time as a suicide crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line. Joseph has also volunteered on several alcohol and opioid prevention programs in Tucson over the past several years.
Joseph is the Project Director of the Mayahuel Prevention Consortium (MPC) at Amistades. He oversees the implementation of proposed project goals, objectives, strategies, and activities to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of opioid and alcohol abuse in Pima County. The opioid epidemic has taken over Pima County and has destroyed families, careers, and taken too many lives. It is the goal of Amistades and the MPC to reduce the opioid addiction rate and the detrimental effects that these drugs have on the community.