• First responder to both the 1993 and Sept. 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. 
​   • Decorated career with the NYPD, including:
​                 • Narcotics Bureau undercover officer and Detective Investigator. 
​                 • Detective Bureau, Lieutenant Commanding Officer.
​                 • Sergeant in the Internal Affairs Bureau.
​                 • Special Operations Lieutenant for the NYPD Transit Bureau.

​                 • Commanding Officer of the Crime Prevention Section/Community Affairs Bureau, responsible for  

                   security recommendations for all of New York City, including leading all crime prevention programs.

   • Recipient of the rarely awarded NYPD Combat Cross.

   • Currently serves as the Chief of Police in Woodbury, New York.
​   • Rebuilt tactical team into multi-jurisdictional Tactical Response Unit.
​   • Successfully earned re-accreditation of Police Department.
​   • Provided innovative and advanced leadership training for officers.





​   • 
United States Army Reserves Artilleryman
​   • Over 23 years as a law enforcement professional
​   • Graduate of the FBI National Academy
​   • Attended several leadership courses including: Chief Executive Officer Course of the National Center for

     Missing & Exploited Children, F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar FBI/LEEDS at  

     Princeton, and Chief Executive Leadership Course of the Southern Police Institute.
​   • Graduate certificate in Terrorism studies
​   • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of criminal justice.
​   • Graduate Certificate in Police Leadership and Supervision.
​   • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies, from John Jay College. 
​   • Currently earning a Master of Public Administration from Marist College.
​   • Adjunct Professor at Rockland Community College teaching Criminal Investigation and Multicultural Law

     Enforcement.
​   • Teaches English to non speaking English students and volunteers for literacy program.
​   • Teaches Terrorism and Homeland Security course for SUNY Empire State College.

​RICH VASQUEZ

Rich has the experience and expertise needed to make Rockland County safer, stronger and better.  

He has been a Rockland County Resident for over 20 years. He resides in Clarkstown with his wife Margarita, where they raised their two daughters.

The Leader Our Sheriff's Office Needs

​An Experienced Crime Fighter