Timothy Sini ’05, the youngest police commissioner in Suffolk County history at age 36, visited the Law School in March as part of a panel on using a J.D. in law enforcement. The panel, which was organized and sponsored by the Office of Career and Professional Development, highlighted the demand for law school graduates in the law enforcement field.
As police commissioner he took on the task of rebuilding public trust following the imprisonment of Suffolk County’s former police chief. He also helped turn around public perception of the department in the wake of a spike in homicides. Most recently he received the Democratic nomination for Suffolk County District Attorney.
On the March panel, he was joined by Krista Ashbery ’06 of the NYPD Office of Collaborative Policing, NYPD Sergeant Ted Colon ’15, and NYPD Detective Ken Riche ’08.
In January, Newsday chronicled Sini’s first year of service as commissioner in Suffolk County. Geraldine Hart, FBI special agent in charge of the Long Island office said: “It’s been a great partnership and you can see definitely he understands what people can bring to the table, not just resources, but special skills.”
Prior to becoming commissioner, Sini worked in corporate law in Manhattan and clerked for two federal judges before becoming a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York in 2010, where he worked for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. There, he prosecuted gang-related killings and the first federal case of individuals selling bath salts, a designer drug.
Sini was also recently recognized by the Long Island Chapter of ASIS International as its 2017 Person of the Year.