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About the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Errol D. Toulon welcomes you to the Sheriff’s Office website and looks forward to providing quality and accurate information to the visiting public. We welcome your comments and suggestions as you navigate through the site.  

Suffolk County has a population of over 1.5 million and our entire staff works tirelessly to serve and protect our residents through innovative programs to reduce inmate recidivism, by promoting sound fiscal policies and by working cooperatively with law enforcement and community groups throughout the county to improve safety in our jails and our neighborhoods.

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office also plays a significant role in patrolling our roadways; Deputy Sheriffs are out in force all year long throughout the county. Our innovative Mobile DWI Processing Unit helps us efficiently apprehend suspected drunk and impaired drivers, and has a deterrent effect on anyone contemplating driving while under the influence.


Some of the Sheriff’s Office's responsibilities include:

  • Operates the two Suffolk County correctional facilities (in Yaphank and Riverhead), provides county courthouse security and detention.

  • Is responsible for patrolling and investigating all crimes committed on the county-owned property such as county government office buildings and plays a leading law enforcement role in the Long Island Pine Barrens.

  • Has a Countywide DWI Enforcement Team which consists of 3 Drug Recognition Experts (D.R.E.), which is funded by the STOP-DWI program.

  • Issues pistol permits for the five East End towns of Suffolk County through its Pistol License Bureau.

  • Has an Emergency Management Section:  the Sheriff and the County Executive are the two County Officials with a broad range of authority in declaring a State of Emergency.

  • Operates a Domestic Violence Bureau. Deputy Sheriffs assigned to this command serve and enforce the Orders of Protection; they arrest individuals charged with violating Orders of Protection and those with Family Offense related warrants. The third function is to provide victims with a safe refuge by removing batterers from the home, seizing weapons and executing all arrest warrants against the perpetrators of domestic violence.

  • Has several specialized sections, including K-9, Marine Patrol, a Dive Team, a Mountain Bike Unit, an ATV Unit, the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT), an Honor Guard, Air Support Unit, Grants Bureau, and a tactical entry weapons team and a sniper section.

  • Is the Downstate New York Coordinator for Project Lifesaver International. Project Lifesaver is a Countywide Emergency Locator Service capable of finding those diagnosed with cognitive impairment (Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome, etc.) which may cause them to wander and become lost. Those enrolled in the program wear a one-ounce tracking device that can be tracked by specially trained Deputy Sheriffs.

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