"I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man." George Washington

sheriff-shieldThe following question was recently directed to Peter Krauss on Facebook: “…what is your experience, that makes you a Candidate for the office you seek?”

A question concerning qualifications is certainly one that is worthy of a detailed response.  However, different people have different opinions regarding qualifications.

Therefore, before reading about Peter’s qualifications,  take a look at the standards which have been set forth by the New York State Sheriff’s Association.


WHEREAS, many States around the country have legislated qualifications and standards for the Office of Sheriff, but New York State simply requires the Sheriff to be age 18 or older, a U.S. citizen, and a county resident, and

WHEREAS, this Association believes that an effective way to increase and guarantee professionalism in the Office of Sheriff is to announce minimum standards for candidates in such areas as police/peace officer certification, college education or military service, specific experience, initial state law enforcement training, criminal history background checks and continuing education to retain the position, and

WHEREAS,  the elected Sheriff holds a constitutional public office of trust and is accountable to the people, and is the only example of elected law enforcement in this country, and

WHEREAS, Sheriffs in New York State are public safety administrators with lawman duties and legal responsibilities that can be complicated in nature and involve not only police work, but custody and maintenance of the county jail, operation of a civil division which must collect and account for hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of dollars, protection of our courts, and many other activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED THAT this Association has adopted the following standards which it recommends to the voters of every county to consider when nominating and selecting a person for election to the Office of Sheriff in New York State, and standards for holding the office of Under-sheriff as well:

•    No person with a conviction for a felony, a fraud, official misconduct, perjury or making a false statement shall be eligible as a qualified candidate to be elected to the Office of Sheriff or undertake the oath of Undersheriff. Criminal history convictions shall be verified by the County Board of Elections through fingerprint submissions to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

•    Prior to taking the oath of office the Sheriff-elect and the Undersheriff designee must have previously attended a Basic New Sheriff Training Course to be sponsored by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association or any successor organization.  Such training shall be offered following the election of the Sheriff. However, in the event of an appointment to the office of Sheriff by the Governor or a County Judge, such training shall be offered and completed as soon as practicable after the appointment.

•    To hold the office of Sheriff or Under-sheriff, a person must have at least 60 credit hours from an accredited college  or university or have five years experience in leadership and management; and five years experience in one of the following: law enforcement, public safety, corrections, court security, civil process, or like experience in the criminal justice, legal field or military command.

•    To hold the office of Sheriff or Under-sheriff, a person must at least 25 years of age.

Peter Krauss is in his mid-forties and has a vast array of experience.  As a child he was well-behaved and never a disciplinary problem.  His background investigation presented nothing questionable which would preclude him from being appointed to the NYPD.   He has no criminal history, no moving violations, he has never tried illegal drugs nor does he smoke, drink, or gamble; basically, his record is exceptionally clean.

He was hired by the New York City Police Department in August 1993 after obtaining his Associate’s Degree from SUNY Farmingdale in 1992.  He was trained at the six (6) month long Police Academy and was assigned to the 102nd Precinct in Queens upon graduation.

While in the 102nd Precinct he gained experience in crime scene preservation, criminal investigation, and diplomatic relations.  He has responded to numerous critical incidents including motor vehicle accidents with injuries and/or fatalities, shootings, and other tragic scenes.  He learned early on that life is incredibly fragile and worth preserving.

In 1998 he was transferred to the Management Information Systems Division (MISD). This is the computer unit within the Police Department.   While assigned here New York City experienced the most traumatic event in it’s history, the World Trade Center attack on September 11th, 2001.  Peter Krauss was assigned to work perimeter security at Ground Zero for just about each month from September 2001 to September 2002.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2003 and was then assigned to Transit District 23.  He supervised the patrol functions of the midnight platoon for a year before being transferred into the Personnel Bureau.

In the Personnel Bureau Peter Krauss reported directly to the Chief of Personnel.  While assigned to the Personnel Bureau, he gained experience in project management, budget oversight, procurement of equipment, research methods, personnel management, and procedural writing.  Peter worked alongside multiple units in the Department to implement a variety of programs, including the Retiree Mobilization Program (RMP).   The RMP is a program that is facilitated through the Department’s Actively Retired Website as a means to mobilize retired volunteers in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.  The RMP was activated during Hurricane Sandy to coordinate volunteer efforts.

Peter Krauss was promoted to Sergeant Special Assignment in 2007.   He remained in the Personnel Bureau until he retired in August 2013.

Additionally, while employed in the NYPD, Peter Krauss volunteered as a Peer Support Officer with the Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance (POPPA).  He quickly assumed additional leadership roles in the organization becoming a Team Scheduler and then, adding to that, the Resiliency Support Program coordinator.


Currently, Peter Krauss is employed at Pace University where he oversees the evening security team and is responsible for the decisions affecting the safety of thousands of students who commute to or reside on the NYC campus.  Currently, Pace University is ranked #3 in the United States as one of the nations safest schools.

The experience indicated above meets or exceeds the qualifications for the office of County Sheriff according to the expectations of the New York State Sheriffs Association.