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 our residents through innovative programs to reduce crime and recidivism, eradicating the drug epidemic and human trafficking, and by implementing sound fiscal policies.
Sheriff Toulon is also 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 multi-national gangs encroaching into parts of Suffolk County. Early in his term, he reorganized departments and staff at the Sheriff’s Office into multi-disciplinary teams focused on corrections intelligence gathering, violent crimes, gang activity and human trafficking.
In his first year, and in the wake of heightened violence in schools nationwide, Sheriff Toulon launched the Sandy Hook Promise School Safety Initiative. Since then, more than 9,000 students have been taught to recognize the signs of a peer in distress, especially on social media, and how to report concerning information to a trusted adult. He has also made it a priority to get to the root causes of youthful delinquency and inter-generational crime. In October 2018, Sheriff Toulon launched Deconstructing the Prison Pipeline with NYS Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre to raise awareness of crime prevention and reform, and to impact public policy.
Sheriff Toulon has more than 30 years of criminal-justice experience, heavily centered upon corrections intelligence and combating gang violence, both inside and outside of correctional facilities. In 2018, he was asked to serve as Vice Chair of the Courts and Corrections Subcommittee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and appointed to the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee to advocate for strong public safety policies on the national level. In 2019, he was appointed to serve on the Reducing Jail Inmate Recidivism through Continuity of Services Task Force, a joint partnership of NACo and the National Sheriff’s Association.
Prior to serving as Suffolk County Sheriff, Errol worked for 22 years as a uniformed member of service with the New York City Department of Correction, where he served as a supervisor and instructor at the Correction Academy, the Firearms and Tactics Unit, Emergency Service Unit and Office of Compliance Consultants. Errol then spent two years serving the constituents of Suffolk County as the Assistant Deputy County Executive for Public Safety where he supervised eight public-safety departments, including the Suffolk County Police Department and the Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency services, as well as the Medical Examiner’s Office.
In July of 2014, Errol was named Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the New York City Department of Correction. During his two-and-a-half-year tenure as Deputy Commissioner, he oversaw the Applicant Investigation Unit, Training Academy, Correction Intelligence Bureau, Emergency Preparedness, the Policy and Procedures Unit, Nutritional Services, Quality Assurance and Integrity, Compliance Unit, Fire and Safety Unit, and the Environmental Health Unit.
Sheriff Toulon is certified through the Department of Homeland Security in Emergency Planning, Radiological Emergency Management, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing, WMD Threat and Risk Assessment and State Disaster Management. In addition, he is certified to teach courses in weapons of mass destruction awareness, National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), domestic terrorism and hate crimes. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Dowling College, an advanced certificate in Homeland Security Management from Long Island University, a Doctorate in Educational Administration, and he attended leadership courses at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.
Sheriff Toulon is a two-time cancer survivor recovering from lymphoma, as well as pancreatic cancer. His battles with cancer have inspired him to further dedicate his life to helping others.