Victor Swinton is a true Brooklyn native. Along with his five siblings, Victor was raised in a loving household in Bedford Stuyvesant by his parents Milford Earl and Shelline Swinton. In 1969, adversity struck and challenged the Swinton family when a fire burned their apartment building to the ground. The family was forced to live in a City shelter until they found new permanent housing in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Swinton family has remained a part of the vibrant Sunset Park neighborhood for the past 51 years.
Victor is a proud alumnus of the New York City Public School system. He attended P.S. 140 and P.S. 105 for grammar school, Dyker Heights J.H.S. for Middle School and is graduate of Fort Hamilton High School.
Immediately upon graduating from high school, Victor applied to join the New York City Police Department. Always feeling the necessity to help others, Victor wanted to secure a good job to help his parents and his siblings financially. Becoming a Police Office would satisfy Victor’s altruistic desire to help those in need and provide a means to help support his family.
On July 16, 1984, Victor was sworn in as a Police Officer into the New York City Police Department. Upon graduating from the Police Academy, Victor was assigned to his old neighborhood in Bedford Stuyvesant. From 1985 through 1995, he was assigned to the 78th Precinct covering Park Slope. It was in this command that Victor was able to experience the importance and effectiveness of Community Policing. He was a part of, and witnessed, the concrete positivity of law enforcement working in cooperation and coordination with the residents of a community to improve reciprocal trust between the Police and the community resulting in a safer environment.
Always wanting to improve himself and to serve as a potential role model to others, Victor continued to study and advance in rank within the Department. In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, in 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and in 2005, he was recognized for his outstanding leadership skills and abilities by being promoted to the discretionary rank of Lieutenant, Commander Detective Squad.
In addition to advancing in his career, Victor also continued to advance in his academic journey. In the Fall of 1989, Victor returned to school and enrolled at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He received an Associate Degree in Police Science in June 1998, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in June 2001 and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in June 2009. In January 2011, he was offered and accepted an Adjunct Professor position at John Jay College. This position has provided Victor with a unique platform and environment to interact with the youth of the city to help build a better community-policing relationship.
Victor is incredibly proud of his deep and substantial Brooklyn roots, his incredibly diverse civic background, his community awareness and ties, and he takes great pleasure and pride in his ability to reach out and interact with the community both through his work and through his teaching.