Harrison, New York , United States
|| June 02, 1951
Apr 17, 2016 04:19pm
Arab - Caucasian - Moderate-to-Liberal - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gun control - Married - Catholic -
|Info||District Attorney Jeanine Pirro became the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Westchester County, New York in 1994. She is presently serving her third, four-year term in office. Advocating for victims, holding criminals accountable and protecting society's most vulnerable are the hallmarks of her tenure. She created new specialized units to investigate and prosecute crimes involving hate and bias, elder abuse, environmental crime, youth and gang violence, animal abuse and pedophiles on the Internet. In a County of nearly 1 million people served by 45 different law enforcement agencies and bordering New York City, District Attorney Pirro has forged significant inter-agency partnerships on the federal, state and local levels. |
During her first ten years as District Attorney, violent crime in Westchester has dropped 30%. Over 30,000 of the most vulnerable victims have been assisted by her Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse and Sex Crimes Bureaus. DA Pirro centralized support systems for crime victims by opening a Victim's Justice Center in the County Courthouse. Through aggressive recruitment of women and minorities, the District Attorney's office now has 117 Assistant District Attorneys as diverse as the population they serve.
DA Pirro's High Technology Crimes unit attracts national attention for its undercover Internet pedophile stings, targeting pedophiles and child pornographers using the Internet to prey on children. The unit has served as a model for other local, state and federal initiatives. In 1998, the District Attorney opened the Westchester Intelligence Center High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). HIDTA is the hub of information for law enforcement intelligence in the New York City region. The Westchester center became the nexus for the New York City Police Department when their center was disabled in the attack on the World Trade Center.
District Attorney Pirro is the author of the highly acclaimed book "To Punish and Protect Against a System that Coddles Criminals" (Simon & Schuster, 2004). The New York Law Journal called it a "full-barreled attack on the criminal justice system itself," noting "There can be no question of Ms. Pirro's commitment to her work or the citizens she serves. Hers is a tenure marked with great success." She is also the author of numerous articles that have appeared in publications including the New York Post, New York Law Journal, Jungle Law and Urban Law Journal. District Attorney Pirro is a sought after lecturer at law enforcement conferences, and has provided expert legal analysis and her proactive approach to law enforcement on national news programs including: The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Fox News Channel and CNN.
District Attorney Pirro began her career in law enforcement as a prosecutor in Westchester more than twenty-five years ago. As a courtroom prosecutor trying major felony cases for over 12 years she had a 100% conviction rate. In 1978, she headed the first domestic violence unit in a prosecutor's office, one of only four in the nation. In 1990, she was the first woman elected to the Westchester County Court bench, where she was voted #1 judge by Independent Fund for Modern Courts.