About the Special Victims Unit Bureau Chief

Shannon Kearney Sarfoh has been a member of the Special Victims Unit since 2005, having assumed the position of Bureau Chief in 2009.  A graduate of Siena College and Albany Law School, she first joined the office as a law student intern in 1998, becoming an Assistant District Attorney in 2001. During her tenure she has also served in assorted local courts as well as the Grand Jury and Major Offense Units.  She has prosecuted a wide variety of cases including physical and sexual assault, property crimes, computer crimes, financial crimes, child physical and sexual abuse, and homicide.

As Bureau Chief, Ms. Sarfoh supervises the prosecution of cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, crimes against children, elder abuse, crimes involving mental health populations and animal cruelty.  She regularly participates in related training for members of law enforcement and lectures in the community regarding education and prevention.   

Ms. Sarfoh has participated in the following committees and groups in her tenure:
Albany County Coalition Against Domestic Abuse Planning Committee
Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board
Child Fatality Review Team
Domestic Violence Advisory Board  
Multi-Disciplinary Team Policy and Planning Committee
Sex Crimes and Family Violence Subcommittee
Sexual Assault Resource Team
SUNY Project Reach Steering Committee
SUNY President’s Advisory Council on the Prevention of Sexual Assault




Shannon Sarfoh Special Victims Unit