Joseph Cofone has been a police officer for more than 27 years. Before retiring in November of 2003, he held the rank of lieutenant in the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Lieutenant Cofone began his career as a patrol officer for the Lyndhurst New Jersey Police Department in 1976 where after six years he became the department’s first full time traffic officer. He remained in that position for 5 years after which he joined the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Lieutenant Cofone specialized in police traffic safety with an emphasis in crash investigation and reconstruction. He developed a concept for the joint investigation of fatal and serious crashes and contributed to the founding of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit as well as several other law enforcement traffic safety organizations in New Jersey. He has also been invited to participate in various county and state wide committees and boards in areas relating to police traffic safety. He is a founding member and was the first president of the New Jersey Association of Accident Reconstructionists. Lieutenant Cofone is also a crash investigation instructor for Kean University in NJ and is still active as an accident reconstructionist, handling cases in NJ, NY, PA and CT.
Lieutenant Cofone has testified in New Jersey Superior Court and several municipal courts as an expert in crash reconstruction. In 1997 he was certified by The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction as a traffic accident reconstructionist.
Several articles and manuals written by Lieutenant Cofone have been published and have appeared in various accident reconstruction publications. Several have been published by IPTM. Lieutenant Cofone has also been invited to speak at conferences and meeting of various organizations throughout the country.