Robert L. Langley, Jr. is committed to Putnam County and has built his life around public service. He was raised in Carmel and graduated from the Mahopac Central School District. Currently, he makes his home on a small farm in Garrison with his wife, Lydia. He founded and was president of a private security company serving Commercial and Residential clients.
Robert served with distinction at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office from 1984 until his retirement in 2007. His experience encompassed every level in the Department, from Corrections to Patrol to K9 Handler to Investigations. While serving as a member of Patrol, Robert was assigned to the K9 Unit for ten years and then went on to serve in Emergency Communications. He was then promoted to Criminal Investigator assigned to Forensics and Identification. During his many years of service, Robert was also responsible for the training of new Deputies both in Patrol and in Emergency Communications.
As a volunteer First Responder, Robert served in the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years, four as a Line Officer; seven years in the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company, five as Line Officer and two as Chief; and two years in the Continental Village Fire Department.
In 1995, as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the K9 unit, Robert was selected with his dog K9 Rebel as member of the elite team forming a secure perimeter to ensure Pope John Paul II’s safety on his visit to Yonkers. Robert was commended for outstanding service to the citizens of Putnam County numerous times from 2002 through 2005. Once for apprehending a home invasion suspect who had managed to slip his shackles and escape from the corrections facility. Robert gave chase and single- handedly apprehended him. Other commendations recognized his compassionate service to the mentally ill, exemplary performance in Narcotics Investigations and arrests, saving the life of a fellow officer, and his apprehension of a driver who fled the scene after hitting a school bus.
Robert also served as a Field Training Officer from 1995-2002 covering aspects of police work from voluntary compliance (which merges verbal and psychological skills to reduce the need for physical force) to how to identify who is likely to be engaged in surreptitious illegal activity such as selling narcotics at a convenience mart. He was appointed to this honor because of his meticulous attention to detail, protocol, good policing and his ability to work well with others. In fact, several people who he trained are still members of the Department.
In 2012, as First Assistant Chief, Robert was given the Meritorious Service Award and the Medal of Honor from the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company, as well as commendation from the Putnam County Executive, for his single-handed rescue of a family trapped by rising tidal waters in Super Storm Sandy.
Robert has a wide range of community-based interests and loves living in Putnam County. He enjoys being active on our trails and on the Hudson River. He and his wife are devoted to sustainable agricultural practices on their family farm; Robert is an avid beekeeper, as well. They are proponents of human rights protections and also volunteer their time and resources with various animal rescue organizations. Robert has two grown sons, one of whom serves in Putnam County’s Bureau of Emergency Services as a 911 dispatcher.
Robert is dedicated to Public Service and to the Office of the Sheriff of Putnam County, NY. Robert meets regularly with other agencies with whom he formed a working relationship so they are all working together in solidarity. Other visits include meetings with residents, business owners and organizations across the County.
Robert L. Langley, Jr. gives respect and honor to his staff and asks the same of them in the Sheriff’s Office and in their service to all who live, work or visit Putnam County.