He attended Regis High School and graduated from Harvard in 1987 before joining the force in 1995.
Born in the Bronx, Conlon spent most of his childhood in nearby Yonkers. Conlon"s police experience focused on patrolling city-owned public housing developments, as well as arresting street-level drug dealers after observing their sales from surveillance posts. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of detective, and was assigned to the Bronx"s 44th Precinct.
He retired as a Detective, Second Grade, in 2011 after 16 years with the department.