About Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department was formed in 1717 with the appointment of Sheriff Cornelias Vandenbogart by the King of England. For over 300 years, deputy sheriffs have been serving our community and protecting the residents of Dutchess County.
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office continues their commitment today working alongside our partners in law enforcement and our local service providers, by assigning investigators to the Child Advocacy Center.
The late Sheriff Butch Anderson was part of the original team that brought the Child Advocacy Center model to Dutchess County.
Sheriff Anderson would always say, “treat people the way you would want to be treated”. This approach to our work, and to life has been ingrained in all of us who serve in the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department. His belief in the importance of cooperating and collaborating with state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as with local service providers has been a cornerstone of our department.
Upon the death of Sheriff Anderson, his undersheriff for the past 14 years, Kirk Imperati, took on the responsibility of Acting Sheriff to guide us forward.
Acting Sheriff Imperati came up through the ranks as a Road Deputy, a DARE officer, the DARE coordinator, as a detective, and finally as the Training Director and Law Enforcement Academy Director. Under Acting Sheriff Imperati’s leadership, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office continues to be a strong partner in the CAC multi-disciplinary team.
Over the past 20 years, the Dutchess Sheriff’s Department has assigned 8 investigators to the Child Advocacy Center, with the most recent being Detective James Daniels, Detective Peter Gerardi, Detective David Meyer with Ben Sistarenik being the current assigned investigator. Each investigator has played an integral part in the protecting of and caring for victimized children in Dutchess County.