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  • 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 Blombery & 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 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 accpted on a recurring basis. ​ 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.

  • Orders of Protection | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Orders of Protection Orders of protection are issued by a judge to protect you from another person who is abusing, harassing, threatening, and/or intimidating you, or has committed a crime against you. Orders of protection are commonly issued in cases involving domestic violence, but may also be issued under other circumstances. ​ Types of Orders of Protection Family Court Order of Protection: A Family Court Order of Protection is issued as part of a civil proceeding to stop violence that is occurring within the family or within an intimate relationship. You may begin the process of obtaining a Family Court order of protection by filling out the Family Offense Petition . In order to obtain an order of protection in Family Court, your relationship to the other person involved must fall in at least one of the following categories: Current or former spouse. Someone with whom you have a child in common. A family member to whom you are related by blood or marriage. Someone with whom you have, or have had, an 'intimate relationship.' (An intimate relationship does not necessarily mean a sexual relationship. Family Court will consider several factors such as, but not limited to: "how often you see each other or how long you have known each other.") Criminal Court Order of Protection: An Assistant District Attorney may request a criminal court order of protection on your behalf. You do not need to have an intimate or personal relationship with the person charged with the offense. The judge decides whether to issue an order of protection, as well as the terms and conditions. Supreme Court Order of Protection: A Supreme Court order of protection can be issued as part of ongoing divorce or criminal proceeding. If you are involved in an ongoing divorce case and wish to request an order of protection, you must make a written request by Motion or Order to Show Cause, or an oral request at a court appearance. If an attorney is representing you in the case, the attorney can make the written or oral request on your behalf. The judge decides whether to issue an order of protection, as well as the terms and conditions. Orders of protection may be temporary or final: Temporary Order of Protection: Issued the same day that a complainant files for an order of protection and lasts only until the next court date, at which point it may be extended. Final Order of Protection: A final order of protection is issued when the case results in a conviction (whether by plea or after a trial) in criminal court or in family court after a judge finds that a family offense was committed. Orders of protection may be full or limited: Full Order of Protection: A full order of protection means that the subject of the order of protection must stay completely away from you, your home, job and school, and must not abuse, harass, or threaten you. Limited Order of Protection: A limited order of protection allows the subject of the order of protection to maintain contact with you. However, the subject cannot abuse, harass, or threaten you. Serving Family or Supreme Court Orders of Protection For legal reasons, you may not serve your own order of protection. Orders of protection will be served in court by the judge if the defendant/respondent is present. ​ The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office may serve your Order of Protection. This service is free of charge. Once the Sherriff's Office has served the respondent, they will provide you with a signed statement that says the service has been completed. If the Sheriff's office is unable to deliver the order of protection after several attempts, they must provide you with a signed statement that includes the dates and times of each attempt. ​ An order of protection does not guarantee your safety. It is important that you have a safety plan should the person violate the order of protection. Violating an Order of Protection It is a crime to violate a temporary or final order of protection. If an individual violates the order of protection, you should report it to the police. In an emergency call 911 and the individual will be arrested. In a non-emergency, you may file a violation of the order of protection by going to a police precinct. If you have a Family Court order of protection, you may go to Family Court and file the violation, you may report the violation to the police or choose to do both. If you file a violation of the order of protection only in Family Court, the subject who violated the order might not be arrested. Learn more about an order of protection . ​ ​ ​ Extreme Risk Protective Order Please be advised that effective August 24, 2019 the NYS Supreme Courts may begin issuing an Extreme Risk Protective Order when a person may be dangerous to themselves or others. Please see the New York Courts website regarding how an order may be obtained. ​ ​ An Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) is a court order issued when a person may be dangerous to themselves or others. An ERPO prohibits a person from purchasing or possessing guns and requires the person to surrender any guns they already own or possess. An ERPO can also direct the police to search a person, premises or a vehicle for guns and remove them. An ERPO case may be started by a district attorney, a police officer, a school official, or a member of the person’s family or household. It is a civil case. ERPO cases have no criminal charges or penalties. ​ The petitioner is the person filing the ERPO application with the court. The respondent is the person you are asking the Court to issue an ERPO against. The petitioner can be a district attorney, a police officer, a school official, or a member of the respondent’s family or household. ​ ​ Crime Victims Information Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon is pleased to announce that the Sheriff's Office participates in the Order of Protection Notification System (OPNS) . The program is available to anyone who registers to receive alerts regarding Family Court-issued orders of protection in Suffolk County -- and provides a text, email, phone or fax notification to alert victims when Deputy Sheriffs serve a Family Court Order of Protection to a perpetrator on their behalf. Victims can also use the VINE resource to look up inmates and receive alerts regarding their release. Register for alerts by visiting the NYS Sheriffs Institute Victims Services page linked below. Please have your docket number and order of protection number available at the time of registration.​ ​ If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, the following organizations in Suffolk County can offer support and guidance. However, please call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger. To learn more about making an application for a court order of protection, please visit the Unified Court System website. ​ If you need assistance, counseling or advice, call one of the organizations listed below: Crime Victims Center (631) 689-2672 The Retreat (631) 329-2200 Long Island Against Domestic Violence (631) 666-8833 Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (Known as VIBS) (631) 360-3606 NYS Courts Steps to Apply for an ERPO

  • Hiring Process | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Hiring Process STEP 01 Register to take the exam through the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service STEP 02 Attend one of our orientation seminars to learn more about career opportunities. STEP 03 Pass the Physical Agility Exam (otherwise known as the Coopers Standard Test). STEP 04 Pass a medical evaluation. STEP 05 Pass a background investigation and interview. STEP 06 Pass a written psychological examination and interview. STEP 07 Receive an offer letter of employment and start your academy training.

  • Correctional Programming | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office

    Correctional Programming Special Programs for County Inmates ​ The Suffolk County Correctional Facility is well known for its rehabilitation programming. Under Sheriff Toulon's leadership, the jail has become a place where the word corrections means more than just providing secure housing, it's a place where people have opportunities to rebuild their lives, change their thinking, and obtain support. Correctional Counselors are on staff to meet with inmates during their first week at the jail. During these meetings, Correctional Counselors survey an inmate's needs and discuss future goals. Based on these initial discussions, inmates are enrolled in services and programs that will aid in their rehabilitation. ​ Rehabilitation takes many forms. In some cases, county inmates are placed in special programmatic housing areas listed below. In other cases, they will have opportunities to enroll in vocational training, work programs, and attend meeting with groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and many others. Programs like Council for Unity address gang-related issues, the Long Island Council for Drug and Alcoholism works with those addicted to a range of substances, and the Fatherhood Initiative provides classes in parenting and reconnecting with family. ​ Upon entry to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility, inmates will be encouraged to participate in programs, and engage in re-entry counseling, which starts inside the jail and doesn't even end upon release. Our S.T.A.R.T. Resource Center on the grounds of the Yaphank Jail is a place where former inmates can receive ongoing assistance from the time they are released. ​ Programmatic Housing Areas ​ Choose Your Path is a programmatic housing area for incarcerated young adults between the ages of 18-25. It offers youth a robust selection of vocational training, schooling, counseling, pre-release and post-release transitional services, and mental health support. All of the inmates work a 40-hour work week doing a combination of programs and work assignments inside the jail. Correction Officers assigned to Choose Your Path received special training to work with young adults and a Correctional Counselor oversees the program. Choose to Thrive is a programmatic housing area for female inmates at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility. The program features a variety of supportive services, mental health services, vocational training, parenting and family reunification, and frequent visits from outside agencies that specialize in transitioning women from incarceration to the community. The initiative is overseen by a Correctional Counselor. The Sheriff’s Addiction Treatment Program (SATP) is an intensive substance abuse treatment initiative designed for incarcerated individuals with a range of criminal charges, all of which correlate to their substance use disorders. Participants in the program can either be sentenced or un-sentenced, but in either case, they must have a minimum of thirty days left in-custody to enter the program. Length of stay in the program varies, but it is guided largely by the individual’s progress. The program is designed around three basic educational phases. The SATP is staffed with Social Workers and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASACs) who provide both group and individual treatment sessions. Correction Officers are specifically dedicated to the treatment dorms and these officers are part of the treatment team. The Human Trafficking Unit is staffed by three correction officers that work along with other jail personnel, outside federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and human service providers to identify victims of human trafficking and human traffickers. These officers use a variety of methods to identify possible trafficking victims as they enter the correctional facility, conduct interviews -- and train other staff to detect and report signs of trafficking. They are also making program/legal referrals, and pulling together outside resources with the goal of helping to provide incarcerated victims of human trafficking the tools to transition to a safer environment upon discharge. Since its inception in 2018, this initiative has led to the successful prosecution of numerous human trafficking and other criminal networks, while helping the victims to reclaim their lives. ​ The Veterans and Senior Program POD at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility offers specialized services at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility geared towards older inmates, as well as veterans of the armed forces. The program includes case management and visits from human service providers that specialize in working with older inmates, as well as veterans. The Suffolk County Correctional Facility has partnered with the Northport VA and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to help veterans transition from jail to the community. ​ ​

  • YES Tour | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office

    Youth Enlightenment Seminar "YES" Tour Every year, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office opens our doors for thousands of students to take an in-depth tour of both our Riverhead and Yaphank Correctional Facilities. The tours give a realistic, first-hand glimpse into the inner workings of our correctional facilities and what a daily life as a correction officer and justice-involved individuals looks like. YES Tours are a great fit for criminal justice classes or students interested in pursuing a career in the criminal justice field . Who May Participate: Public and private schools throughout Suffolk County must apply on a lottery basis for the tours in the beginning of the school year. ​ How To Register: Registration dates will post during the summer and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schools are allowed to book no more than four (4) tours of forty (40) students per academic school year. Students must be twelve (12) years or older and accompanied by a school faculty member. Information must be filled out in full. Please select your 4 dates, with an alternative date should one of your requested dates be booked already. You will receive an email confirmation with your dates once they have been approved and scheduled. ​ ​ YES Tour Registration ​ Registration for the YES Tours is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. YES Tour Requests for the 2023-2024 school year will open on Monday, September 4 , 2023 at 12:00AM. Any requests made prior to this date and time will not be honored and will placed on the bottom of the request form. Schools are allowed to book no more than four (4) tours of forty (40) students per academic school year. Information must be filled out in full. Please select your four dates, with an alternative date should one of your requested dates be booked already. You will receive an email confirmation with your dates once they have been approved and scheduled. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out. Number of Tours Requested (no more than four (4). One (1) Tour Two (2) Tours Three (3) Tours Four (4) Tours Submit Thank you for requesting a YES Tour. Please note that requested dates are not confirmed until one of our staff members contacts you. We will contact you shortly to confirm your dates.

  • FAQ| Suffolk County Sheriffs Office

    FAQ'S DO YOU HAVE MULTI-LANGUAGE ACCESS? ​ Suffolk County Sheriff Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. has made it the policy of the Suffolk County Sher iff’s Office to take all reasonable measures to provide timely, meaningful access to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to the services and benefits the Sheriff’s Office provides in all Office sponsored programs. All Sheriff’s Office personnel shall provide free language assistance services to LEP individuals whom they encounter or whenever an LEP individual requests language assistance services. Sheriff’s Office personnel will inform citizens that language assistance services are available free of charge to LEP persons and Office personnel will provide these services to such persons. ​ This policy is outlined in Sheriff's Office Directive #18-001 and is in accordance with Suffolk County Legislature Introductory Resolution No. 1016-2020 and Local Law 25-2020, A Local Law to Expand Language Access Laws in Suffolk County. ​ Language Line Services All employees of the Sheriff’s Office have access to the Language Line service 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Language Line provides interpretation services in more than 200 different languages. Dual handset telephones for use in communicating via the Language Line service are available in all Sheriff’s Office facilities. ​ Multilingual Language Internet Customization To access our website in an alternative language, please use Google Translator at the upper left on the page. ​ WHAT IS YOUR PRIVACY POLICY? We receive, collect and store any information you enter on our website or provide to us in any way. In addition, we collect the Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the internet including: login information, email address, computer and connection information. We may use software tools to measure and collect session information including page response times, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information and methods used to browse away from the page. We also collect personally identifiable information including: name, email address, communications, comments, feedback, product reviews, recommendations and personal profile information. ​ We collect personal and non-personal information for the following purposes: To provide and operate our services; To provide our users with ongoing customer assistance and technical support; To be able to contact our visitors and users with general or personalized service-related notices and promotional messages; To create aggregated statistical data and other aggregated and/or inferred non-personal information which we may use to provide and improve our respective services; To comply with any applicable laws and regulations. COMMUNICATION The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office will only contact you via email with updates on events or promotional materials should you join our email list. WITHDRAW OF CONSENT If you would like to access, correct, amend or withdraw any personal information we have about you, you are invited to contact us at . Please include your name and email address and include any changes or removal of information you would like. We will send you back a confirmation of your preferred changes. PRIVACY POLICY UPDATES We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make changes to this policy, we will highlight changes or modifications here so that you are aware of information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it. COOKIES The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office website may use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookies to you. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you register with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office website, a cookie helps to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information such as billing addresses, shipping information, etc. When you return to the same website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved so you can easily use the features you have customized. ​You have the ability to accept or decline cookies on our website. Most web browsers will automatically accept cookies but you can modify your browser settings to decline cookies or ask every time if you prefer. To modify your browser, go to your computer settings and click the link for your web or browser settings. If you decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of specific websites you may visit. ​

  • Sheriff's Office Chaplains | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office

    Sheriff's Office Chaplains The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Chaplaincy program was establish on April 26, 2018 by Suffolk County Sheriff Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. The purpose of the Sheriff's Chaplaincy Program is to provide interfaith emotional and spiritual counsel to Sheriff's Office employees and their families during times of need and heightened stress, and work in collaboration with the Interfaith Council. ​ The Sheriff’s Chaplaincy Program assists Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office employees by providing the following services: ​ Render spiritual guidance, aid in fostering personal growth, and offer moral support in crisis situations, in an atmosphere of understanding and confidentiality. Counsel and support sworn officers, civilian employees, and their family members, in personal matters and family difficulties, and provide referral resources when applicable. Visits to sick or injured officers in the hospital or at home when requested. Assist Sheriff’s Office personnel in making notifications to the families of officers who have been seriously injured, or upon the death of a member of the Sheriff’s Office. Participate in religious services for deceased members and offer support to the families of the deceased. Attend and offer prayers at official Sheriff’s Office functions: i.e. Memorial Services, graduations, and award ceremonies. All requests are coordinated through the Director of the Chaplains Program. When requested, assist Sheriff’s Office personnel (and the Crisis Intervention Team) in emergency situations such as multi-casualty incidents, officer shot or seriously injured, and during major disasters. In “emergency” situations an available Chaplain can be reached (24 hours) by phone, through the Radio Office Supervisor. In non-emergency situations members may call on any Chaplain of their choice or, according to one’s individual religious affiliation. Although Sheriff’s Office Chaplains are affiliated with various religious denominations, they serve as Chaplains to the whole department in an ecumenical –interfaith role, regardless of an individual’s religious tradition or lack thereof. Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Chaplains: Father Joseph D'Angelo Read bio Sister Michelle Bremer Read bio Revere nd Charles A. Coverdale Read bio Reverend James P. McLaughlin Read bio Reverend Daris A. Dixon-Clark Read bio Pastor Alex W. Bryant Read bio Reverend John G. Fleischmann Read bio

  • Vocational Work Programs | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Vocational Work Programs The Suffolk County Correctional Facilities encourages our incarcerated individuals to participate in vocational training programs and projects off-site to learn new skills and acquire certificates to take with them when they leave our facilities. This includes work for various not for profit organizations, other Suffolk County departments, the United States Coast Guard, and Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office installations. These inmates work on a regular basis and are taught in areas of masonry work, carpentry, landscaping, and painting. They do not receive certificates but receive hands on knowledge in these areas. They have worked on numerous projects throughout Suffolk County, including: Landscaping and maintenance projects in the Riverhead Maximum Security Facility. Landscaping and maintenance projects in the Yaphank Maximum Security Facility. Painting and restoration of the Historic Davis House in Coram. Landscaping of Potters Field Cemetery and Brookside Historical Cemetery. Painting and restoration projects of the Historic Sweezey House in Yaphank. Painting and restoration projects at the Historic 2nd House in Montauk. Landscaping at Westhampton V.F.W. Scraping, painting, and landscaping at the Eatons Neck Coast Guard Station. Various restoration projects at the Life Saving House in Amagansett. 10. Car Detailing of department vehicles. 11. Cleanup and maintenance at the Montauk Lighthouse. 12. Snow removal - Riverhead Facility. 13. Construction projects at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. 14. Restoration projects and painting at the Marine Museum in Amagansett. 15. Restoration projects at the Historic Homan House in Yaphank. 16. Painting and spackling at the Historic Bell House in Center Moriches. 17. Major cleanup project of Long Island Ave. in Brentwood (illegal dumping, littering etc.). ​ If you would like to volunteer in one of our facilities or offer a certificate or training in a specific area to our incarcerated individuals, please visit our volunteer page here and follow the steps to volunteer your services. ​

  • Pet Network | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Sheriff's Pet Network Suffolk County Sheriff Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. is proud to announce Suffolk County’s first ever Lost Pet Network which will provide participating owners with a printed pet identification card while adding the pets to a database to help quickly locate missing animals. When a pet is lost, Suffolk County residents utilize many websites, social media pages and traditional methods but lack one central method for spreading the news and involving the proper stakeholders. The American Humane Society estimates that each year, approximately 10 million pets are lost in the United States, and millions of those end up in the nation's animal shelters. Tragically, only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats in shelters without microchips are reunited with their owners. Owners can enroll in this program to get a free identification card and become a part of the Lost Pet Network which will utilize Deputy Sheriffs, local municipalities and a designated website in the case of a dog, cat, or other eligible animal going missing. ​ To enroll: Click here to download a copy of the Sheriff's Pet Network Application Form Fill it out and email it along with a clear, up-to-date photo of your pet to

  • Police Reform and Reinvention | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Police Reform & Reinvention Process The Sheriff's Office Reform and Reinvention Report Submitted to the Suffolk County Legislature on March 1, 2021. “The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office is, and will continue to be, an agency driven to achieve excellence not by legislative mandate, but instead by its own standards and its obligation to the People of Suffolk County, New York.” - Sheriff Toulon Download the Report Send us Feeback Report Highlights On February 23, 2021, the Sheriff’s Office released its Interim Reform and Reinvention Report pursuant to New York State Executive Order 203. On March 1, the report was finalized and sent to the Suffolk County Legislature for the March 2, 2021 General Meeting. Read RESOLUTION NO -2021, ADOPTING THE SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REFORM AND REINVENTION REPORT (SHERIFF). Deputy Presiding Officer Robert Calarco has called for additional public hearings. See the Press Release for information and dates. The Reform and Reinvention Report report requires approval from the Suffolk County Legislature and must be sent to the Governor’s Office no later than April 1, 2021. Even though the process has advanced to the next stage, the public is encouraged and welcome to continue to submit comments, questions, and suggestions to . The Sheriff’s Office followed State guidance by developing its evaluation and report in phases while collaborating with community stakeholders. In September, the Office began facilitating conversations with members of its newly formed Community Advisory Board (CAB) to gain a better understanding of the public’s understanding of the role of the Sheriff’s Office. The Office held six of these sessions between September and January, which included Sheriff’s Office presentations followed by discussion. In February, the Office hosted four additional community meetings and asked for feedback on a series of proposed reforms in the seven areas of “Reforming and Reinventing Correctional Services,” “Reforming and Reinventing Police Service,” “Community Engagement,” “Recruitment, Diversification, and Retention,” “Sheriff’s Office Training,” “Officer Wellness,” and “Internal Affairs.” The Sheriff’s Office is a reform-minded agency that has engaged with community partners in the non-profit, government, and educational sectors in substantive and collaborative ways over many years. The Office has five task forces comprised of community members, including the Sheriff’s Reentry Task Force with over 80 members, the Interfaith Council, the Community Advisory Board, the Deconstructing Task Force, and a small Student Advisory Board. Participants meet regularly with the County Sheriff and his staff and have played an integral role in shaping programs and policies for many years. Sheriff Toulon viewed the Reform and Reinvention process as a valuable opportunity to reflect on the progress the Office has made in recent years, understand public concerns, and plan for the future. It was also an opportunity to educate the public about the role of the Sheriff’s Office. “With so many police agencies operating in Suffolk, the general public doesn’t fully understand how we affect their lives and the services we provide,” said Sheriff Toulon. The first section of the 78-page report describes the responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office, its history, and how elected officeholders, Sheriff’s Office appointees, and long-time civil servants help shape policies. The report then discusses recent improvements in the 7 subject areas, noted deficiencies, goals, and recommendations, and public input. ​ Highlights of some of the proposed reforms include: START Resource Center staff frequently confront issues with locating safe housing for homeless individuals. It is recommended that community and government stakeholders work together to create workable solutions. The Sheriff’s Office has discussed the possibility of rehabilitating county-owned property for transitional housing and will work towards this goal in 2021. Inmates with severe mental illness have more intensive needs and more frequently recidivate upon release. The Sheriff’s Office plans to focus on this issue by creating a working group in 2021 to address the continuum of support required to protect public safety and connect human services with this high-risk population. During the Public Sessions, it was recommended that the Sheriff’s Office review its policies and procedures regarding the classification of transgender individuals in custody at the Suffolk County Correctional facility. It was further recommended that the Sheriff’s Office adopt policies and procedures that are more responsive to the needs of gender-expansive communities. In 2021, the Sheriff’s Office will examine relevant policies and practices, New York State Commission of Corrections’ regulations, and national best practices for the purpose of crafting a policy directive on Transgender, Intersex, Gender Non-Binary, and Gender, Nonconforming People in Custody. The Sheriff’s Office will create an internal Review Board tasked with evaluating each use of force report generated. The goal of the board will be to ensure that proper procedures and guidelines are followed and to learn from each incident. If needed, the Board could establish recommendations for new methods for handling similar incidents. This platform to potentially prevent future injury to our officers and defendants/inmates could be expanded to include other high liability incidents such as motor vehicle crashes. The Sheriff’s Office will implement a training program for Deputy Sheriffs to increase their understanding and awareness of the impact of trauma. The training will help them utilize trauma-informed practices in their interactions with children and adults. Deputy Sheriffs are charged with executing Family Court orders to remove children from their homes for reasons such as abuse and neglect. In addition to implementing trauma-informed training for Deputy Sheriffs, the Sheriff’s Office will work with community partners to develop a care package of items the officers could give to the children to ease the transition. The Sheriff’s Office will facilitate coordination between the START Resource Center and Deputy Sheriffs assigned to the courts. Deputy Sheriffs frequently encounter at-risk and vulnerable individuals. The START Resource Center could be an avenue to connect these individuals with human services. The Sheriff’s Office plans to create a section of the website in 2021 devoted to Police Division statistics on arrests and traffic stops. During the Public Sessions, a question was raised about the Sheriff’s Office’s ability to track racial and ethnic data during traffic stops. The Office is currently updating technology to ensure that race and ethnicity data will be captured. Furthermore, the Sheriff’s Office intends to conduct ongoing analysis of data captured regarding traffic stops and arrests to ensure all sworn members of the Sheriff’s Office are utilizing best practices to eliminate any potential bias and to protect public safety. During the Public Sessions, it was recommended that the Sheriff’s Office improve its data tracking relative to Deputy Sheriff’s use of language access services. In 2021, the Office will begin to post quarterly language access assistance utilization data on its website. During the Public Sessions, it was recommended that the Sheriff’s Office develop protocols and appropriate training to best handle traffic stops and other encounters with people who may have developmental disabilities, autism, or other conditions that may affect an individual’s ability to communicate effectively during police interaction. The Sheriff’s Office intends to create a program for its staff in 2021. During the Public Sessions, the ability of Deputies to use discretion when deciding to make an arrest or give a warning was discussed. Deputies also have the discretion to direct a person to mental health services rather than arrest the person. It was recommended that the Sheriff’s Office track how often Deputies use this discretion and publish the data. The Sheriff’s Office intends to continue to build its mentoring program with local school districts. It will expand its involvement with My Brother’s Keeper and seek out other mentoring opportunities in schools and community groups. The Sheriff’s Office will work with community partners, including the Community Advisory Board, to form a working group focused on developing a more diverse workforce. The Sheriff’s Office will revise its mission statement in 2021 to include the goal of developing a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities it serves. In 2021, the Sheriff’s Office will seek out and implement trauma-informed training for its sworn members and customer service training for all civilians who engage frequently with the public. The Sheriff’s Office will implement a specialized training program for Deputy Sheriffs to increase their understanding and awareness of the impact of trauma. The training will help them utilize trauma-informed practices in their interactions with children and adults. In corrections, special needs inmates include any individuals in custody with mental, emotional, or developmental disabilities, disorders, or impairments. Presently, training regarding special needs inmates is presented once in the academy. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will be expanding upon this curriculum in 2021 so that all sworn staff will receive on-going special needs inmate training. The Sheriff’s Office will implement Realistic De-Escalation training in 2021 for all sworn staff. This form of training exposes staff to real-life situations they may encounter on the job and gives them first-hand experience on how to handle these scenarios. This useful and informative training will assist sworn officers in managing conflicts and help them develop problem solving tools to de-escalate situations they encounter. The Academy Bureau is scheduled to have four qualified de-escalation instructors by January of 2021. De-escalation training will then be used within the Professional Communication block of annual training. The Academy Bureau is working to facilitate the creation of peer support groups within the Sheriff’s Office. These groups will work closely with Chaplains and mental health professionals to provide support to Sheriff’s Office personnel in need. The Academy Bureau is in the process of developing/ implementing a PEER team which will be a first for the Sheriff’s Office. The team’s primary focus will be supporting fellow officers in times of crisis, promoting mental health, and helping to prevent behaviors that may lead to illness, injury, or death of members. During the Public Sessions it was recommended that Academy recruits and sworn personnel receive annual training in LGBTQ cultural diversity. The Sheriff’s Office intends to adopt a relevant training program. The Sheriff’s Office also plans to review cultural competency training curricula and provide this training to all staff. In 2021, the Sheriff’s Office will implement officer wellness "check-ins" with supervisory staff. These check-ins will be conducted regularly to ensure that Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers under their commands are taking care of their overall well-being, and effectively managing and coping with stress. All staff at the Sheriff’s Office will be encouraged to be alert to "red flags" with a coworker, or immediately following a Use of Force incident, sick time abuse, or other issues. Staff will then be offered assistance and referred for counseling or treatment. The Sheriff’s Office will launch an internal education campaign to alert staff about the higher rates of depression among law enforcement and the signs and symptoms of depression. Resources will be made available on the Office intranet and on signage in employee areas. The Sheriff’s Office is already using a variety of methods associated with Early Intervention Systems (EIS) that engage supervisors in detecting and remedying problematic behavior that occurs under their command before there are issues that can lead to more serious consequences. The Sheriff’s Office will be exploring database programs used to assist in tracking performance and complaints that occur over the course of an officer’s career. Often, incidents do not occur in quick succession, and personnel and management change over the years. EIS database systems lessen the reliance on institutional knowledge about incidents and provide a means to analyze individual trends over the course of time. In 2021, the Sheriff’s Office plans to utilize the Employee Mentorship Program in another arena – as a non-punitive measure for officers with minor disciplinary sanctions and/or issues. By addressing these behaviors early on, the need for more formal disciplinary measures, as well as the consequences to which these behaviors may lead, will be mitigated before they ever become a major problem for the individual and for the agency. The process to file a complaint with Internal Affairs is on the Sheriff’s Office website but during a Public Session it was recommended that the Office review the website to ensure the public understands the process to file a complaint with Internal Affairs and post a flow chart that provides information on how complaints are handled. The Sheriff’s Office intends to follow through on these suggestions. Community & Legislative Presentation Watch the Meeting Este documento en español. Preguntas? Email: Public Information Session #1 Public Information Session #2 Public Information Session #3 Recommended Reading Materials on Police Reform Executive Order 203 NYS Police Reform Guidebook Briefing on the Sheriff’s Office and the Reform and Reinvention Process ​ Pursuant to the directives of NYS Executive Order 203 and following the subsequent guidance provided by the New York State Governor’s Office, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a comprehensive review of its corrections and police divisions’ policies and procedures, community engagement, recruitment and diversity, employee training and well-being, and Internal Affairs operations. Preparation Materials for Public Session The Sheriff’s Office is comprised of a Corrections Division, a Police Division, and an Operations Division. The Corrections Division has 813 Correction Officers who staff two county correctional facilities housing minimum, medium, and maximum-security inmates. ​ The Police Division includes the Enforcement Bureau, Headquarters Bureau, District Court Bureau, Family Court Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau, a Special Operations Bureau, and the Pistol License Bureau. These bureaus provide transportation and security of inmates outside the county jails, general law enforcement services to the public, civil actions, and support to other law enforcement agencies. ​ The Operations Division of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office includes Employee Benefits, the Communications Bureau, Quartermaster Bureau, Grants Bureau, Accounting Bureau, Personnel Investigations Bureau, Personnel/Payroll, Fleet Management, and Research and Development. These Bureaus work together to ensure the Sheriff’s Office continues to run efficiently. ​ The Sheriff’s Office Corrections and Police divisions are both recognized as Accredited Agencies in New York State. This designation involves a lengthy, rigorous process to meet and exceed high standards. The Office must continually sustain this level of professionalism to maintain its accreditation status. ​ The Sheriff’s Office is at the forefront of best practices in many areas of operations and has earned national attention for its innovative work in correctional rehabilitation, school-based programming, and intervention services for victims of human trafficking. In 2018, Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. partnered with the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation to educate young people about the warning signs of a peer in distress, how to intervene, and the concepts of inclusivity. He also launched a task force called Deconstructing the Prison Pipeline to drive policy discussions and implement solutions to prevent youth from entering the justice system. The County Sheriff simultaneously expanded correctional rehabilitation programing and launched the START Resource Center on the grounds of the Yaphank Jail to provide case-management services and reduce recidivism. Working with Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare, the Sheriff recruited master’s level Social Work students to participate in an innovative Family Reunification Program which focuses on supportive services for the children of county inmates. He has also advocated for improvements in human services, access to safe housing, and mental health treatment – as well as trauma-informed practices throughout the justice system. ​ In June 2020, in response to growing social unrest and calls for police reform, the County Sheriff announced the formation of a Community Advisory Board and recruited participants via social media and in the local press. All ninety-four people that applied were accepted on the Board, which comprises a diverse group of residents from across Suffolk County. The Board meets monthly to view presentations, discuss topics of interest and concerns, and make recommendations. ​ The Sheriff’s Reform and Reinvention process is focused on the following areas: Reforming and Reinventing Correctional Services Reforming and Reinventing Police Services Community Engagement Recruitment, Diversification, and Retention Sheriff’s Office Training Officer Wellness Internal Affairs The Office is seeking comments, ideas, and suggestions on some of its proposed reforms and will be meeting with community groups and the general public during four sessions in the month of February. The following information is designed to help prompt discussion about reforming policies and practices at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. While the Office is focused on specific areas, and suggested reforms are welcome. ​ Part 1. Reforming and Reinventing Correctional Services The Sheriff’s Office places emphasis on correctional rehabilitative programming. Various in-custody programs provide gender-responsive group and individual counseling, parenting classes, and educational and vocational training for both male and female inmates. Other programs provide essential services to elderly inmates, veteran inmates, human trafficking victims, and those with substance abuse issues. ​ The reduction in county inmates due to New York’s Bail Elimination Act led to a simultaneous decline in the number of individuals participating in the jail’s rehabilitation and reentry programs. This, in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic, prompted the administration to find creative methods of providing services to county inmates, as well as justice-involved individuals living in our communities. This work is now coordinated through the START Resource Center by a new team of Correctional Counselors and Community Correction Officers who conduct intake assessments on all county inmates and provide ongoing case-management during incarceration and after release. The Sheriff’s Office also recently began a pilot project with SUNY Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare to provide services to family units and the children of those in custody. ​ In 2021, the Sheriff’s Office will seek to expand the reach of the START Resource Center by developing satellite offices in other parts of Suffolk County. Planning has commenced to offer more services to individuals released from court, and to reduce barriers to employment, safe housing, mental health treatment, and other common issues. Correction Officers will also receive additional training in working with people with mental illness, de-escalation techniques, crisis intervention, and trauma-informed practices. The Sheriff’s Office will also expand services for children of those in custody. ​ Discussion Materials: About the START Resource Center Proposed Reform: Expansion of Services for the Children of those Incarcerated Proposed Reform: Using Trauma-Informed Practices in a Correctional Setting Additional Information on Trauma in Correctional Settings Trauma-Informed and Evidence-Based Practices and Programs to Address Trauma in Correctional Settings Part 2. Reforming and Reinventing Police Services The Police Division is staffed by 240 Deputy Sheriffs that provide critical services for the courts, serve warrants and summonses, make arrests, transport inmates, investigate crimes, and patrol roads and waterways. Recently the Sheriff’s Office began training its deputies in Fair and Impartial Policing, a form of implicit bias training. The Office’s Use of Force policy was revised to ban chokeholds and carotid holds. Body and in-car cameras were distributed to deputies and language assistance services are now available when interacting with people who have limited English proficiency. ​ Future plans include an internal review board to evaluate each use of force incident. Customer Service training will be rolled out to civilian staff in the Enforcement Bureau who field frequent phone calls from the public who are facing eviction. Trauma informed training will be implemented for deputies who are charged with executing Family Court orders to remove children from their homes. The Sheriff’s Office also intends to improve data collection relative to arrests and traffic stops and make that data available on the Sheriff’s Office website. ​ Discussion Materials: Proposed Reform: Using Trauma Informed Care Practices to Safeguard Children following Arrest or Removal from Guardians Proposed Reform: Training in Trauma Informed Practices Proposed Reform: Exploring Co-Responder Models for Individuals in Behavioral Crisis and with Developmental Disabilities RESPONDING TO INDIVIDUALS IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS VIA CO-RESPONDER MODELS The Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit Part 3. Community Engagement The Sheriff’s Office regularly participates in formal and informal community gatherings and events. The Office hosts an annual Open House and Family Day and participates in National Night Out to create more opportunities for positive public interactions. In the last few years, the Sheriff’s Office has become actively engaged in mentoring initiatives though My Brother’s Keeper. In 2021, the Office will conduct another mentoring pilot project with the Central Islip School District. ​ Community engagement is also facilitated through the Office’s many task forces and boards, including the Interfaith Council, the Reentry Task Force, the Deconstructing the Prison Pipeline Task Force, the Student Advisory Board, and the Community Advisory Board. Through these initiatives, the Sheriff’s Office regularly engages with hundreds of individuals, non-profit groups, and educators. ​ Discussion Materials: Proposed Reform: The Sheriff’s Office is proposing an expansion of its mentoring initiatives. Additional: The Sheriff’s Office intends to expand its Deconstructing the Prison Pipeline Initiative ​ Part 4. Recruitment and Diversification The underrepresentation of Black and Hispanic employees at the Sheriff’s Office is a longstanding issue that is also a challenge throughout Suffolk County government. Suffolk County recently appointed its first ever Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, a new role created by the County Executive to promote diversity and inclusion in the Suffolk County workforce. Nearly all Sheriff’s Office employees are civil servants, and therefore are not exempt from civil service hiring practices, such as testing and established lists based on scoring. The Sheriff’s Office Director of Personnel has been tasked with collaborating with the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer to improve hiring and recruitment practices and increase diversity in its sworn and civilian ranks. Some recent initiatives undertaken by the Sheriff’s Office to aid in diversification include targeted recruitment efforts in local communities, coordinated outreach efforts with non-profits and churches, and social media campaigns. These initiatives had positive results and will continue as new civil service tests are scheduled. ​ Future plans include teaming up with members of the Community Advisory Board to help with recruitment, targeted marketing campaigns, social media outreach, and identifying and reducing barriers to attracting more ethnically and racially diverse candidates. In 2021, the Sheriff’s Office plans to revise its formal Mission Statement to include “developing a more diverse workforce.” ​ Discussion Materials: Proposed Reform: The Sheriff’s Office will set goals to diversity its sworn and civilian workforce. Part 5. Training Previous to the current administration, in-service training amounted to less than one day per year. Sheriff Toulon increased in-service training to three days per year for all sworn staff, created the Academy’s first training course catalogue, and implemented mandatory training for all new supervisors. The recent additions to the in-service training program include mental health first aid training, fair and impartial policing, and crisis intervention training. These curricula include realistic and challenging training scenarios to strengthen learning objectives. A new mentoring program supports new employees while learning on-the-job and helps to reinforce the ethical foundation of the professional culture at the Sheriff’s Office. ​ The Office also plans to implement trauma-informed training for its sworn members and customer service training for all civilians who engage frequently with the public. (See corrections and police sections for trainings). ​ Part 6. Officer Wellness Decision making and judgment can be affected by an officer’s mental state. Proper mental, physical, and emotional well-being are essential for an officer to be effective in the community. Recently, the Sheriff’s Office began an employee wellness program to encourage employees to prioritize mental and physical fitness. The Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy Program provides chaplains from various religious denominations to officers in need. In addition, employee unions have helped connect law enforcement mental health providers with officers in need of psychological and emotional support. ​ Starting in 2021, the Sheriff’s Office will begin officer wellness check-ins utilizing supervisory staff. These check-ins will alert supervisors to red flags indicative of a larger problem. New training at the Academy will focus on officer mental wellness education. ​ Discussion Materials: Proposed Reform: Improve Overall Wellness for Sheriff’s Office Employees Part 7. Transparency and Accountability – Internal Affairs Sheriff Toulon and the Executive Staff work to hold all staff accountable for their conduct and to properly and investigate each and every allegation of misconduct. A progressive disciplinary system for all founded violations of agency policies and procedures is in place. The Sheriff’s Office investigates all complaints, whether anonymous or otherwise. Recently Sheriff Toulon established the Quality Assurance and Integrity Unit to evaluate complaint cases for the purpose of decreasing opportunities for re-offense. ​ The Sheriff’s Office already uses various Early Intervention Systems that engage supervisors in detecting and remedying problematic behavior. A database program is being explored to assist in tracking performance and complaints over an officer’s entire career. The Employee Mentorship Program will also be utilized as a non-punitive measure for officers with minor disciplinary issues, avoiding the need for a formal disciplinary process. ​ Discussion Materials: Proposed Reform: Review Employee Intervention Systems; both behavioral interventions and software systems Part 8. Other Recommendations and Open Discussion

  • Police Division Statistics | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Police Division Statistics Language Line New Hire Demographics Domestic Violence Report Arrest Data Use of Force Report Use of Force Policy Uniform Crime Report Mental Health Links Data sets contained in this dashboard are updated regularly, as indicated in each database for each calendar year. Download the Report

  • Policing Division | Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    Policing Division The Police Division of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office ​includes the Enforcement Bureau, the Headquarters Bureau, the District Court Bureau, the Family Court Bureau (Warrant Squad and the Domestic Violence Unit), the Criminal Investigation Bureau, The Special Operations Bureau, and Pistol Licensing. The Police Division is overseen by the Chief Deputy Sheriff. Headquarters Pistol Licensing Domestic Violence Civil Enforcement First District Court Warrant Squad Special Operations Criminal Investigations Headquarters The Headquarters Bureau, operating twenty-four hours a day, is the largest section of the Enforcement Division. The Bureau is located at the lower level of the Criminal Courts Building, 200 Center Drive, Riverhead, New York. The Headquarters Bureau is staffed with one Captain, two Lieutenants, nine Sergeants and eighty-four Deputies. The Sergeants and Deputies work various shifts to provide 24 hours a day, 7 days per week coverage. ​ The six major responsibilities of the Headquarters Bureau are: transportation and security of inmates outside the Correctional Facility, operation of a feeder detention center, 24/7 per imeter security of the Sheriff's facilities, to provide general law enforcement services to the public, county agencies and support assistance to other law enforcement agencies, K-9 patrol and response, Marine Patrol of the East End of Long Island. ​ ​ Domestic Violence The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Unit is responsible for the service and enforcement of orders of protection throughout Suffolk County. They also arrest individuals charged with violating orders of protection and those with family offense related warrants. The Domestic Violence Unit provides victims with a safe refuge by removing batterers from the home, seizing weapons and executing arrest warrants against the perpetrators of domestic violence. ​ The Domestic Violence Unit continues in its mission of serving orders of protection on behalf of the courts to those individuals that are deemed a danger to another. Acquiring an order of protection is an important step in the fight against domestic violence. Having it served promptly gives the victim an important tool to protect themselves. The Domestic Violence Unit also continues to aggressively seek out and arrest those persons with family offense related warrants. Having these persons in custody and brought before a judge reduces the likelihood that they will abuse or assault their victim again. ​ The Domestic Violence Unit works closely with various domestic violence agencies both on the private and county level to offer or assist victims of domestic violence. ​ ​ First District Court The primary function of the First District Court Bureau is the secure transportation and housing of all inmates and detainees to ensure their presence at required court proceedings. These proceedings include arraignment, hearings, trials, CPL 180.80 process, County Court appearances, Grand Jury appearances, and to answer all misdemeanor crimes committed in the five western townships of Suffolk County. This Bureau is also tasked with the secure transportation of all inmates and detainees remanded to the custody of the Sheriff by any of the twenty-two courtrooms working out of the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip. ​ The specific functions of this Bureau are as follows: provide the secure transportation of all inmates to and from the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities and the First District Court Building; perform court-ordered transportation of inmates who are housed in various out-of-county facilities such as Nassau County Correctional Facility and Rikers Island Correctional Facilities; provide transportation and process paperwork for inmates destined to County Court, Supreme Court, and Family Court; and work in conjunction with outside police agencies, Suffolk County Correction Officers, New York State Court Officers, etc. so the court process may proceed efficiently. ​ The Bureau is also responsible for police liaison activities between the Sheriff’s Office and the Courts. Such liaison activities include the handling, oversight, and di stribution of Deputy Sheriff arrest packages to the proper court personnel. All supporting deposition requests originating from Deputy Sheriff vehicle and traffic summonses and arrests are processed through this Bureau. ​ ​ Special Operations ​ The Special Operations Bureau of the Police Division includes Investigative Services, Task Force Personnel, Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Tactical Operations, The Honor Guard, The SPIDRE DWI Team, the Marine Unit, The Canine (K9) Unit, Asset Forfeiture, and Air Support. ​ ​ Warrant Squad ​ The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Warrant Bureau is located in the Family Court Building of the John P. Cohalan Court Complex located at 400 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, New York. The Sheriff's Warrant Bureau derives its legal authority from Article XVII of the Suffolk County Charter, pursuant to Article 8, §400 and Article 17, §650 of the New York State County Law, New York State Family Court Act and Article 1.20 of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law. ​ The Warrant Bureau consists of six sections, each with distinctive areas of responsibility Family Offense/Abuse & Neglect Section Juvenile Section. General Services Section Sheriff's Warrant Apprehension Program (Child Support) Criminal Warrants Section ​ Each Section has Deputy Sheriff Investigators whose primary responsibilities are the tasks of that Section, however all Deputy Sheriff Investigators work with each other to insure that assignments of higher priority are carried out in that manner. ​ The Warrant Bureau, on a regular basis, assists all police agencies in Suffolk County, including district, town and villages, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, as well as Nassau County and New York City Police and Sheriff Departments. The Warrant Bureau receives requests from many other New York State agencies regarding individual wanted by those agencies who currently reside in Suffolk County. We also receive Fugitive from Justice Warrants from various agencies throughout the United States. Individuals who are arrested as a Fugitive from Justice are arraigned in Suffolk County courts and held until the wanting agency arranges inmate transportation. The Warrant Bureau also provides assistance to US DOJ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with the execution of search warrants, the United States Marshal Service (USMS) Felony Task Force, with manpower provided for fugitive warrant sweeps. ​ Members of the Warrant Bureau are assigned to various ancillary commands in the Sheriff’s Office. These commands include; Marine Bureau, Dive Team, Bicycle Squad, Sheriff’s Tactical Response Team, Honor Guard, Sheriff’s Executive Security Detail and the Motorcycle Unit. ​ The Warrant Bureau is tasked with the transportation of certain juveniles, who are charged with various crimes, to and from the courts of Suffolk County and the locations where those juveniles are housed. The Warrant Bureau transports all Juvenile Offenders (JOs), those individuals less than 16, charged with a designated felony and Adolescent offenders (AOs), those individuals aged 16 and 17 that are charged with any felony. ​ ​ Criminal Investigations ​ The Criminal Investigations Bureau was organized in October 1981 to investigate and prosecute any and all crimes committed within any of the Sheriff's Office Facilities or against any of the office’s members. This unit will also conduct any criminal investigations as directed by the Sheriff. ​ The Criminal Investigations Bureau, C.I.B., coordinates and acts as liaison between the Sheriff's Office and all other law enforcement agencies. C.I.B. conducts all criminal and potentially criminal investigations as well as all attempted suicide and death investigations that relate to persons placed in the custody of the Sheriff of Suffolk County or that relate to incidents, events or circumstances involving operations or functions being conducted by Sheriff’s Office personnel. ​ C.I.B. handles felony arrests made by members of the Sheriff's Office to ensure that all court paperwork is in the correct format and completed to proper legal standards. This Bureau evaluates information and conducts investigations into allegations of criminal activities within the geographical area of Suffolk County as well as the confines of the counties correctional facilities. Many criminal investigations conducted by this bureau result in the arrest and prosecution of individuals introducing or attempting to introduce contraband into Sheriff's Office facilities. During the course of these investigations all other criminal activity suspected is thoroughly investigated and acted upon accordingly. ​ C.I.B. works in conjunction with the District Attorney's Office in preparing and presenting cases to the Grand Jury. All evidence relating to Sheriff's Office arrests are processed through this bureau. C.I.B. is also responsible for the safe escort of high security inmates to and from various correctional facilities, courts and other locations outside the boundaries of the correctional facilities. C.I.B. also provides manpower to other law enforcement agencies, when requested, to assist in various task force operations. Headquarters Domestic Violence First District Court Special Operations Warrant Squad Criminal Investigations

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