Errol Toulon, Jr.
On January 1, 2018, Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Ed.D., became Suffolk County’s 67th Sheriff and the County’s first African-American to be elected to a non-judicial countywide office. As Suffolk’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, he is working to serve and protect the county’s 1.5 million residents through innovative programs to reduce crime and recidivism, and by implementing sound fiscal policies.
Sheriff Toulon is highly focused on using data analytics and technological assets to capture crime patterns, which are used to uncover trends like drug dealing in local neighborhoods and the movement of international gangs. Early in his term, he reorganized departments into multi-disciplinary teams focused on corrections intelligence gathering, violent crimes, gang activity and human trafficking. In the wake of heightened violence in schools nationwide, Sheriff Toulon launched the Sandy Hook Promise School Safety Initiative and has made it a priority to get to the root causes of youthful delinquency and inter-generational crime. He has greatly expanded correctional rehabilitation programming aimed to reduce recidivism and improve offenders’ desistance from crime. He also launched the nation’s first jail-based Human Trafficking Initiative which assesses all county inmates for signs of victimization.
Sheriff Toulon has over 30 years of criminal-justice experience, heavily centered upon corrections intelligence and combating gang violence. Prior to serving as Suffolk County Sheriff, he worked for 22 years as a Uniformed Member of Service with the NYC Department of Correction. In July of 2014, he was named Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the New York City Department of Correction.