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Commissioner-Sheriff George N. Longworth has been the head of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety since his appointment by County Executive Robert Astorino in January of 2010.
Commissioner Longworth got his start in law enforcement in 1981, as a Seasonal Special Police Officer with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety.
During the next ten years, Commissioner Longworth worked as a patrol officer with both the Dobbs Ferry Police Department and the New York City Police Department. In this time, he amassed a wide variety of experience in all aspects of policing, from mediating neighborhood disputes to actively pursuing homicide, drug and counter-terrorism investigations. He also worked in various commands in the South Bronx during the height of crime in this nation’s history.
In 1988, he was promoted to Sergeant in the Dobbs Ferry Police Department until 1992, when he skipped ranks to be appointed Chief of Police in Dobbs Ferry, at the age of 32. This distinction made him the youngest person ever to be named Chief of Police in Westchester County.
During his tenure as the Dobbs Ferry Chief of Police, Commissioner Longworth served as a team leader for the State of New York Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, evaluating police agencies throughout New York with accreditation standards. In addition, he published professional law enforcement studies and county-wide public safety critical incident plans.
The respect Commissioner Longworth earned among his peers as Chief of Police was reflected in his election as President of the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association in 2000. Commissioner Longworth was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, and continues to be active with numerous other professional organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the FBI National Academy Association.
Upon his retirement from Dobbs Ferry Police Department, Commissioner Longworth established a successful law practice, where he represented a wide variety of clients, including public safety personnel injured during the atrocities of September 11, 2001.
As the Westchester County Commissioner of Public Safety, Commissioner Longworth has led the Department into an era of providing expanded services to contracted municipal police services, school resource officers and unified in-service police training.
Commissioner Longworth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Mercy College in 1991, and a Juris Doctorate from Pace University in 2002. He was admitted to practice law in both New York and Connecticut. Commissioner Longworth is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. A strong advocate of education, Commissioner Longworth serves as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law and Forensic Science as his time allows. Westchester County has a population of 870,000 and an area of 450 square miles.