Shakhawat Hafiz was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and immigrated to the United States of America in 1994. He began his career with the New York City Police Department in 2004 as a police officer, assigned to the 75th precinct in Brooklyn. Then in 2008, he joined the Nassau County Police Department.He is currently assigned to the 6th Precinct of the Nassau County Police Department. He holds a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College. He is happily married with two children.