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  • Data Driven Justice | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Data Driven Justice Data Driven Justice Community Portrait: A Conversation with Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr. of Suffolk County, N.Y. This Data-Driven Justice Community Portrait is the fifth in a series highlighting individuals who are championing cross-systems collaboration and data sharing within their jurisdictions to respond to the needs of frequent utilizers of justice, health and human services systems. This interview was edited for brevity. ​ Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. is the Sheriff of Suffolk County , New York on Long Island. He was born and raised in the Bronx in New York City, and his father and brother were both wardens on Rikers Island . As such, Toulon learned about the criminal justice system from a very early age; in 1982 he joined the New York City Department of Correction where he had a 22-year career in uniform serving in various positions in the Emergency Service Unit, Firearms & Tactics Unit and Compliance Unit. He retired as a captain due to health reasons. In 2014, he returned to the Department of Correction as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations overseeing the Intelligence Unit, Training Academy, Applicant Investigations Unit, Emergency Management and Compliance Units. Taking office in January 2018, Sheriff Toulon is the county’s first African American person to be elected to a non-judicial countywide office. He received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Monroe College, a master’s degree in Business Administration and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Dowling College. ​ Q: Where do you get your passion for helping people involved in the criminal justice system? ​ When I was a child, my father told me that his job as a warden was about rehabilitating people who were incarcerated; however, he also used the same moniker of “bad guys” that needed to be in jail. When I was a captain on Rikers Island, I would often tour our various facilities, talk to the people in our custody and find out why they became incarcerated and if they experienced substance abuse and/or mental health issues. I believe 85 percent of men and women that come into our facilities are individuals that have mental health and substance abuse issues, or they just made some poor choices. Many come from areas and families that experience multi-generational trauma due to community and family violence. ​ When I became sheriff, I used this experience to affect change in my community. We can assist those men and women with the treatment they need and can connect them with resources in the community to continue care post incarceration. I am extremely passionate about ensuring people continue to receive this level of care while involved with the justice system. ​ Q: What are some of the initiatives you’ve started to help people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders involved in the justice system? ​ Here in Suffolk County, we created The Sheriff's Transition and Reentry Team (START), where we work with the judicial system, The Legal Aid Society and The Criminal Bar Association to offer case management and support to help address the needs of people in our custody and upon release. ​ The START Resource Center is located at our Yaphank Correctional Facility and staffed by correctional officers. In our jails, we start reentry on day one of incarceration. We interview inmates at jail admission and have them complete a packet of information where we assess their needs and life goals. Officers and our partners support people with substance abuse treatment, education, job and resume assistance, social services enrollment, driver's license and identification issues, transportation, food, housing and clothing. We also provide referrals to community-based services upon release. We help people create resumes and conduct job searches and provide business attire for job interviews. We also provide transportation for interviews, as transportation can be a huge barrier in Suffolk County. We have identified employers who are willing to hire a formerly incarcerated individual and work with social services agencies in various communities to connect people to health care and continue treatment. We are trying to address structural barriers to reentry, and the staff has truly built trust among our community members involved in the justice system. In fact, with START, more than 350 people have returned to our resource center or reached out for further assistance who are no longer involved in the justice system. ​ We also have a serious addiction treatment program and are very much involved in the drug court. We continue to talk to judges and defense attorneys on how we can improve. We can always do better, and I push my staff so that our office can mitigate crime before it occurs and reduce our jail population. ​ Lastly, we partnered with Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare on our family reunification project to bring graduate-level interns to the jail to work with inmates and their families to improve relationships while people are incarcerated and when they are released. We know that family involvement can be key to a person’s success once they are no longer in our custody. Q: Who have been some of your most valuable partners in this work? ​ We have worked with many community partners who have helped identify individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues. We created a satellite facility partnering with one of our service providers, Spin the Yard , to assist with transportation and networking with other programs to make sure people are receiving the assistance they need. ​ In addition, since many of our female inmates are victims of human trafficking and have substance use disorders, The Empowerment Collaborative of Long Island is another important community partner, particularly for women and children. We also partner with many local advocacy groups and monitor data to understand where in Suffolk County there are hotspots of people suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues and how to best address it. We also use data analysis in our schools through a program called Deconstructing the Prison Pipeline , which seeks to improve policy and craft initiatives to prevent youth from getting involved in the justice system by helping to identify root causes of youth delinquency. ​ Q: How is your office working with the community to address race equity for people involved in the justice system? ​ First, I am always looking at data to help us understand the problem. As Sheriff, I have made it a priority for our office to use data to identify community members at risk of incarceration. We focus on factors such as demographics and ethnicity, education level and employment type. Do they have children? With these variables, we see where certain trends are occurring and can drill down to the root causes of some of the issues that our residents face before and after incarceration. ​ Since last year (2020), we started a training course for fair and impartial policing not only for our deputy sheriffs and correctional officers, but also professional personnel. We have implemented customer service training for sworn and professional personnel that are interacting with the public. I do not, however, believe that a training course will really allow us to understand our own biases, so we have made it incumbent upon our supervisors to reinforce this training throughout our daily work. Since it is very difficult to change someone’s inherent views in just a couple training sessions, we conduct them regularly to at least recognize these biases and reinforce the need for change. ​ There needs to be a basic understanding of respect from law enforcement to the people in our community and those that are incarcerated. The death of George Floyd was a tragedy, and law enforcement needs to find a balance when interacting with the community between who is an actual threat and who may be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis. Q: What more can Suffolk County do to help people living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders? ​ What is needed not only for Suffolk County, but our nation, is investment in social services. People need help before they interact with law enforcement. By the time someone is incarcerated, the individual has most likely shown many red flags. The pandemic has caused a mental health and substance abuse crisis in this country and with so much trauma and disruption in our society today, the government needs to focus on increasing funding in our communities for social services. This would certainly lead to fewer negative interactions with law enforcement and less incarceration. We may be able to save not only a lot more lives but change people's lives so that families and communities are safer. Q: What inspires you about this work? ​ I'm a two-time cancer survivor, so I probably shouldn't be here. My second battle was with pancreatic cancer and it has made me feel that I'm here for a purpose. I was a deputy commissioner at Rikers Island for 25 years and I didn't have the direct impact that I have now. I have been a resident of Suffolk County now for 31 years and I can see the impact I have on my staff and the individuals that are incarcerated in the community. This is what gives me joy because I can affect real change and help people. It motivates me every day. ​ Q: Do you have any recommendations for other communities or advice for your peers? ​ You can never have enough partners in this, whether it's NACo or law enforcement agencies, community partners or community members. I engage with our community to understand what various populations in Suffolk County are dealing with so I can understand what we need to do and identify potential and changing trends. As a sheriff, it is important to talk to law enforcement agencies and community partners throughout the country to see what they are dealing with and how to best prepare. Finally, humility is crucial. You need to talk to everyone and can never have enough engagement with people. There is much to learn from other people’s experiences. NACo would like to thank Sheriff Errol Toulon for speaking with us about his and Suffolk County’s efforts. He can be reached at . ​ This community portrait was created with support from Arnold Ventures as part of Data-Driven Justice , a project that aims to support local jurisdictions in using data to better align resources to respond to people who are frequent utilizers of justice, health and human services systems. This is a reprint from the National Association of Counties, NACo. Read this story on the NACo website.

  • Visiting Information | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office

    Visiting Information Family Visiting Hours Attorney Visiting Identification Requirements Other Visiting Information Visiting Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 2:30-3:30 PM, 4-5 PM, 6:45-7:45 PM, 8:15-9:15 PM Saturday: 8:30-9:30 AM, 10-11 AM, 1-2 PM, 2:30-3:30 PM BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To make a reservation, please call us at (631) 852-1893 Visits are limited to two adult visitors per incarcerated individual. Only those adults who are scheduled for the visit will be allowed on the grounds of the correctional facility. Visiting Hours Attorney Visiting Attorney Visiting Information As the health and safety of incarcerated individuals, visitors and our staff remain paramount, non-contact booth visits will be used to accommodate attorney visits. Existing safety measures will remain in effect for all those entering either facility. Video and telephone conferences also remain available and may be scheduled by calling Attorney Visiting at (631) 852-3356. ​​ VISITATION IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Acceptable Forms of Identification include the following: A valid state driver’s license A valid state driver’s permit DMV Non-driver license identification card U.S. Military ID Foreign Passport (in English) with photo ID Note: If you are an immediate family member (parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, aunt, uncle, or child,) and you do not possess any of the acceptable forms of identification for visitation, please call the START Resource Center at (631)-852-5391. The START resource center staff will advise and make every effort to assist you in obtaining proper identification documents. Costs incurred by obtaining documents shall be borne on the visitor and/or incarcerated individual. ​ Bringing M inors (Under the age of 18) to Visiting You must be 18 years old to visit alone. Persons under 18 years old must be accompanied by their parent, a documented legal guardian, or have a signed Parental Acknowledgement Form on file signed by the incarcerated individual to be permitted on the facility property. The original birth certificate or court documentation is required for all children. OTHER VISITING INFORMATION Are you looking for help for loved ones, family members or yourse lf? Do you have a friend or loved one who is currently incarcerated? The Suffolk County Correctional Facility offers a range of programs and services to help people reclaim their lives and become more productive members of society. Learn more on the Reentry and Rehabilitation page . ​ Sometimes families and loved ones also need assistance. Contact our S.T.A.R.T. Resource Center to talk with a caring Correctional Counselor. ​ ​ Liam SAFE ​ Are you looking for information on what to bring or mail to your loved ones, or how to use the phone service? Click here . ​ You can now send photos online! Click here for more information on Liam Safe . Our Response to COVID-19 and How are Protecting County Inmates, Staff and Visitors We have changed the way newly arriving inmates are housed during the first 14 days of incarceration. Dedicated housing for new inmates has been set up in Yaphank to allow for greater social distancing and ongoing medical evaluation to prevent the spread of the virus to the general population. A strict protocol of proper hand-washing, around the clock sanitizing of both the Yaphank and Riverhead facilities, enforcement of social distancing and mask wearing have all played a part in maintaining minimal opportunities for the virus to spread. County inmates have also stepped up to help prevent the spread of coronavirus inside and outside the jail by sewing thousands of face coverings for widespread distribution. ​ We are all in this together, and by maintaining order and sanitation within the jail, we will continue to keep your loved ones and visitors safe during this difficult time. ​ ​ Visiting Idetification Requirements Other

  • Print Budii Photo Service | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    LIAM Safe Send Photos and Letters from Anywhere! The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office has partnered with LIAM Safe to make sending photos and letters to an inmate in the Suffolk County Correctional Facility a breeze! ​ THEN: You take some photos, have them printed at your local pharmacy, pick them up and pay for them, pack them up in an envelope, head to the Post Office, pay postage, and wait for a few days to see if your loved one has received the photos. ​ NOW: You take a photo, click this link or go to, select the photo, pay and send. Your photo prints out at the correctional facility and is delivered to your loved one THAT DAY! No trips to the Post Office, postage, or packages lost in the mail! ​ LETTERS: Visit and compose your letter. Make the payment and click send- it's that easy! No more going to the post office or delays in the mail. The letter gets delivered to your loved one THAT DAY! ​ Cost: $1.19 per photo; letters: $0.60 per page. ​ All rules regarding photos in the Correctional Facility apply. Inmates are limited to 15 photos. All extra photos will be placed in the inmate's property. All photos sent to the Correctional Facility are subject to review. No photos pornographic in nature will be delivered to an inmate.

  • Motor Vehicle Levy | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Motor Vehicle Levy A change in law went into effect on January 21, 2011 (see CPLR 5205). The Sheriff must now conduct his levies and sales on motor vehicles to conform to this new law. The new law gives a debtor a $5500.00 exemption above liens and encumbrances on his/her owned vehicle. The Sheriff will have to collect the debtor’s exemption, the lien amount on the vehicle (if there is one) and the expenses paid to levy the vehicle at the time of the Sheriff’s sale. If at the time of sale the bidding does not bring $5500.00 plus the lien amount, the sale is stopped and the vehicle will be returned to the debtor. ​ The plaintiff can bid on the vehicle. The first $5500.00 plus the lien amount must be paid in cash. Any bids you make above this amount can be a credit bid which will reduce the amount of the judgment. ​ Sheriff’s poundage will be paid in advance. Poundage is 5% of the vehicle value, or the execution amount (whichever is less).* This cost may or may not be reimbursed (or adjusted) from the proceeds of the sale. ​ CAUTION: The Sheriff’s seizure and sale of a vehicle may not result in the satisfaction of your judgment. You may also lose the additional levy expenses. The sale may be delayed or stopped by a bankruptcy filing or other legal proceeding. The sale value of the vehicle is affected by mechanical damage, high mileage, age, and the condition of the vehicle inside and out. In order for the Sheriff to levy a debtor’s vehicle for the satisfaction of a money judgment you will have to provide the following information and documentation: ​ Go to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and fill out an MV15 form (download form here. ) You will receive an MV904N from DMV which will show title to the vehicle (who owns it) and if there is a lien on the vehicle. If there is a lienholder listed, we require proof from the lienholder of the balance due on the lien. You will have to contact the lienholder or hire an attorney who can obtain this information. Proof of the value of the vehicle. The proof is an appraisal from a licensed car dealer or an official book value. Forward a certified check or money order, payable to the Sheriff of Suffolk County, in the amount of $1000.00 in advance for expenses related to seizure, towing and storage. We may require additional expenses depending on the size of the vehicle, special towing, or special storage requirements. If the vehicle is not located or seized the advanced expense money will be refunded. *Sheriff’s poundage to be paid per above. ​ ​ ​ ​ For directions to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Civil Enforcement Bureau, click here. DMV Locations & Appointment Scheduling

  • Corrections Division Statistics | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Corrections Division Statistics Mental Health Links New Hire Demographics Jail Population Statistics Grievance Statistics Use of Force Report Use of Force Policy Data Driven Justice Covid Stats

  • Community Advisory Board | Sheriff's Office

    Community Advisory Board Suffolk County Sheriff Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. is seeking additional interested Suffolk County residents to join the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Board. All interested residents must submit letters of inquiry and resumes to be considered for Board Membership. The Community Advisory Board meets monthly to give residents an opportunity to meet regularly via Zoom with the Sheriff and his staff, discuss topics of interest and concern, be a conduit for information to local communities, and provide input on Sheriff’s initiatives and policies relating to the Office and its relationship with the general public. The Board consists of members from across Suffolk County. ​ “Ultimately, I want the public to have more opportunities to interact with the law enforcement community, and to have a direct line of communication,” said Sheriff Toulon. He added, “Last year I brought together a diverse group of people to discuss issues, learn about the Sheriff’s Office, and share ideas, and as a result, we launched our first satellite START Resource Center location. I look forward to adding some new voices to this Board and continually seeking public input to best meet the needs of the people we serve.” The Board consists of members from across Suffolk County. Recent Presentations The History of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office February 21, 2023 ​ Presented by Deputy Sheriff Sergeant William Weick ​ Download a copy here > > An Overview of the Community Relations Unit March 28, 2023 ​ Presented by Deputy Sheriff Sergeant William Blomberg & Samantha Graviano ​ Download a copy here >> An Overview of the Wellness Unit April 25, 2023 ​ Presented by Deputy Sheriff Sergeant Inv. Michael Poetta & DS Mackenzie Burns ​ Download a copy here >> An Overview of the START Resource Center May 30, 2023 ​ Presented by the men & women of the START Resource Center ​ Click here for presentation Open Forum Night June 20, 2023 ​ ​ Presenters to be determined ​ Available Soon An Overview of the Domestic Violence Bureau October 24, 2023 ​ Presente d by the D/S Lt. Jose Nunez ​ Click here for presentation An Overview of the Criminal Investigations Bureau January 30, 2024 ​ ​ Presented by C/O Sgt. Andere jack ​ Click here for presentation Anyone interested in serving on the Board is encouraged to send a letter of inquiry and resume directly to Sheriff Toulon at . Letters and resumes are accepted each September. Include in your letter of inquiry: Why do you want to serve on the Community Advisory Board? In what town do you live? - In what community groups are you involved? - Please include your resume and any other relevant information. ​ Prospective members must be Suffolk County residents and 18 and older.

  • Command Staff | Sheriff's Office

    EXECUTIVE STAFF Steven J. Kuehhas Undersheriff Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. Sheriff Michael J. Catuosco Undersheriff John M. Becker Deputy Undersheriff Dr. Keith L. Taylor, Sr. Deputy Undersheriff Corrections & Operations Divisions Curtis Sclafani Investigator Deputy Warden Michael J. Franchi Warden Christopher Black Deputy Warden Charles L'Hommedieu Chief of Staff Scott Walsh Deputy Warden Kevin Kelley Deputy Warden Police Division Christopher Brockmeyer Chief Deputy Sheriff Michael Smith Assistant Chief Deputy Sheriff Daniel Berezny Deputy Sheriff Investigator Captain Christopher Guercio Deputy Sheriff Investigator Captain Christopher Barry Deputy Sheriff Captain Salvatore Petrone Deputy Sheriff Captain Sheriff's Executive Staff Victoria DiStefano Public Information Officer Owen Durney Assistant Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator Marlene Madorran Director of Personnel/Payroll Kevin O'Reilly Director of Employee Relations Elizabeth Rae Assistant to the Sheriff

  • Services | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office


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