Officer Byrd Is a Real Bailiff
Petri Hawkins Byrd is a Brooklyn native and earned his B.Sc. degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1989. He started working in the Brooklyn Family Court system. He started working with Judge Sheindlin when he transferred to the Manhattan Family Court.
“We [the court officers] used to call her the Joan Rivers of the judicial system,” Byrd said in a 2004 interview. “She was just hilarious.” He sent an old colleague a letter saying, “If you need a bailiff, I still look good in uniform.” And like that, he got cast.