Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Ed.D. was sworn-in as the 67th Sheriff of Suffolk County at a ceremony on January 12, 2018, at the Van Nostrand Theater at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) in Brentwood. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presided over the Oath of Office in front of hundreds of cheering family members, friends and supporters—among them, the Sheriff’s parents, Errol, Sr. and his mother, Alma. The Sheriff’s wife, Christina Toulon, held the family bible.
More than forty dignitaries joined the Sheriff on the dais, including Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who gave welcoming remarks. A large contingent of law enforcement officials from New York City, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the Suffolk County Police Department and other agencies were also represented on the stage, along with SCCC President Shaun McKay, members of the clergy and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Farmingville, Chapter 11. The Reverend Charles A. Coverdale of the First Baptist Church in Riverhead gave the closing remarks. Dan Gasby of East Hampton, New York was the Master of Ceremonies.
Sheriff Toulon addressed the crowd during an inaugural speech in which he pledged to devote considerable resources to upgrading technology, equipment, and training for staff. He also emphasized his goal to enhance “multi-agency information-sharing and intelligence gathering” directed at ridding the county of gang violence and the drug epidemic. He outlined a comprehensive list of priorities, some of which he has already initiated since taking over the post on January 1st, including:
- A collaboration with one of the county’s largest health providers to address the growing number of addicts cycling in and out of the county correctional facility
- Strengthening discharge planning for those who are 60 days from re-entering our communities
- The creation of a Task Force to find ways to prevent people with chronic mental illness from cycling in and out of the jail by connecting them to case management services prior to their release
- Working with citizens, local agencies, and state and federal partners to improve public safety
- A program to help the business community better protect themselves, their businesses, and their employees from robberies fueled by the escalating opioid epidemic
He concluded the speech with the promise, “I am ready to work. I am ready to lead.”
Sheriff Toulon’s Bio
Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Ed.D. has thirty years of criminal-justice experience, heavily centered upon corrections intelligence and combating gang violence both inside and outside of correctional facilities.
His criminal justice experience commenced with 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 under the administration of County Executive Steve Bellone, 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 and the Policy and Procedures 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 Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness, 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, recently completed his Doctorate in Educational Administration and attended leadership courses at JFK School of Government at Harvard University.
On November 7, 2017, Errol was elected to the position of Sheriff of Suffolk County. On January 1, 2018, he officially became Suffolk County’s 67th Sheriff and the County’s first African-American Sheriff.