Meet Kirk

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Kirk Imperati

Dutchess County Sheriff

Acting Sheriff Imperati is a lifelong resident of Dutchess County. He is a graduate of Marist College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on his Masters degree in Public administration. Kirk is a board member of the Hospice Foundation and the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation. He is a trustee for his parish of 45 years, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie and served on the steering committee for Our Lady of Lourdes High School Athletic Facilities. Kirk has been married to his wife Becky for 27 years; they have two beautiful daughters.

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Get To Know Kirk

Kirk A. Imperati became the Acting Sheriff of Dutchess County on September 29, 2021 upon the sudden passing of his mentor, Sheriff Adrian H. “Butch” Anderson. Butch Anderson served as Dutchess County Sheriff for twenty two years with Kirk serving as his Undersheriff for fourteen years. Acting Sheriff Kirk A. Imperati is a twenty-nine year veteran with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. He was assigned to the road patrol in the Harlem Valley area from May 1993 to September 1995. In September of 1995 Imperati was assigned to the D.A.R.E./Crime Prevention Unit of the Sheriff’s Office where he was a D.A.R.E. Instructor in the Arlington and Wappinger Central School Districts. In April of 1998 Imperati was named Coordinator of the D.A.R.E./Crime Prevention Unit for the Sheriff’s Office. He had the responsibility of assigning all D.A.R.E. officers to the various schools throughout the county as well as scheduling crime prevention programs for schools and organizations throughout the county. In January of 2000 Sheriff Anderson with the assistance of Imperati implemented the School Resource Officer Program, which he coordinated from January 2000 to December 2006. Kirk Imperati in April of 2000 was promoted to Training Director for the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. He was responsible for the training of all deputies and civilians at the Sheriff’s Office, as well as organizing police academies for recruits. In 2004 Kirk was promoted to Detective where he continued to head the training division as well as SRO’s and Crime Prevention and Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. Under Kirk’s direction the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Training Division, SRO and Crime Prevention Programs are recognized as one of the best in the State of New York. In February of 2007, Kirk was promoted to Undersheriff where he oversaw the day to day operations of the Sheriff’s Office including the Corrections, Civil and Road Patrol Divisions. Kirk presides over a 55 million dollar budget for the Sheriff’s Office with over 525 employees. Under the leadership and guidance of Sheriff Butch Anderson, Kirk directed numerous initiatives in proactive policing to protect the residents of Dutchess County. These initiatives include, the Field Intelligence Group, Hudson Valley Safe Streets Gang Task Force, Child Advocacy Investigative Unit, Sex Offender Registry program and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Beginning in the Spring of 2020 Kirk led the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Police Modernization and reform plan. He implemented a formalized Community Policing Unit as well as recruitment team to have more individuals take the police exam and create a more diverse work force. In September of 2008, Imperati graduated from the FBI National Academy Class #234, where he received credits towards his Masters’ Degree in Public Administration. During his tenure at the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Kirk has received a number of awards from various local organizations. He received the Symbol of Freedom Award from the Town of LaGrange Republican Committee, the 40 under 40 Mover and Shaker Award from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Community Service Award from JDRF of the Hudson Valley and Lifetime Service Award from the Child Advocacy Center as well as the Community Service Award from Claudio Care’s Foundation, John Flowers Organization Community Service Award, Hospice Foundation of the Hudson Valley Community Service Award. Acting Sheriff Imperati is a lifelong resident of Dutchess County. He is a graduate of Marist College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on his Masters degree in Public administration. Kirk is a board member of the Hospice Foundation and the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation. He is a trustee for his parish of 45 years, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie and served on the steering committee for Our Lady of Lourdes High School Athletic Facilities. Kirk has been married to his wife Becky for twenty-seven years; they have two beautiful daughters.

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