Sandra Campanella has worked for the Longmont Police Department since 2003. She began her law enforcement career as a patrol officer, then spent almost four years working as a School Resource Officer in two Longmont Middle Schools. Detective Campanella has been a detective assigned to the Longmont PD Domestic Violence Unit since 2010. In 2011, she was selected for the Beth Haynes Award, which is an honor bestowed by the Boulder County Domestic Violence Task Force for officers who demonstrate a clear knowledge of DV, service to victims of DV and engage in community collaboration to ensure victims are accessing all possible resources. In 2019, Detective Campanella received the Beth Haynes Special Recognition Award for exceptional service to victims of domestic violence. She also received the Rink Blake Award in 2006 for demonstrating compassion and skills for those less fortunate at Colorado Crisis Intervention training.
Detective Campanella testifies as an expert witness in Domestic Violence trials and participates as an instructor on the multidisciplinary team with the Ending Violence Against Women project. She also presents guest lectures on domestic violence at CSU, CU, DU, Front Range Community College and other community organizations. She was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board in May 2018 and serves on the DVOMB Application Review Committee.
In addition to her law enforcement training, Detective Campanella served in US Army Military Intelligence as a German Radio Voice Interceptor. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History at CSU, followed by a Master of the Arts degree in history, also from CSU. Detective Campanella’s Master’s Program focused on women’s history as a foundation for contemporary gender issues, providing an ideal segue into domestic violence-related topics. Detective Campanella is passionate about serving victims of DV so they may reclaim their lives. She is also dedicated to educating her peers and the community about the complex nature of DV and how best to help victims transition into survivors.
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