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  • Sheriff's Office | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office | United States

    Facilities Dr. Errol Toulon, Jr. A Message from the Sheriff of Suffolk County "Welcome to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office website. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Sheriff's Office. We are honored to serve and protect the residents of Suffolk County. As your Sheriff, I have made it my priority to protect public safety, speak up and against the grain to do what I know is right, and raise the bar of accountability through robust training, supervision, and adherence to high standards. Throughout my more than 30-year career in law enforcement, I have also come to believe in the power of community input in government, volunteerism behind the bars, and how correctional institutions can change lives for the better. One of my proudest achievements since taking office is the creation of the S.T.A.R.T. Resource Center on the grounds of the Yaphank Jail. I hope that as you scroll through our website, it will provide you with the information you are seeking, and much more." Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Suffolk County Sheriff Send me an email at Suffolk_Sheriff@suffolkcountyny.gov Quick Links Inmate Visiting Pistol Licensing Program Request Posting Bail Civil Enforcement Join SCSO Print Budii SCSO Locations Foil Requests News & Updates Keefe Commissary Service ​ Money can now be placed in an inmate’s commissary account for the purchase of items through the Keefe Commissary Service. There are a number of items that can be purchased, from food to sundries, providing there are no restrictions placed on the inmate. Money can be applied to an inmate’s account in the following ways: Any money that is brought in by an inmate is placed in their commissary account at the time of booking. Money orders sent to an inmate will be deposited in the inmate’s account. No personal checks are accepted. Cash, credit, or debit cards can be deposited into the kiosks located in both the Riverhead and Yaphank Visiting lobbies. Deposits can be made via the internet by credit or debit at www.AccessCorrections.com or by calling 1-866-345-1884. Please note: There is a fee for using the service that will reduce the amount of money placed in the account. Money put in the account will be available in approximately 15 minutes or sooner. There is a limit of $100 per deposit. If there is money left in the commissary account at the time the inmate is released, that money is returned to them at the time of release in the form of a debit card. Information regarding this debit card can be found here . 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 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. Note: Costs incurred by obtaining documents shall be borne on the visitor and/or incarcerated individual. 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. A New Perspective with Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office has produced a television program that can be seen on government access stations on Long Island. ​ In Episode 3, Sheriff Toulon speaks with John Feal of the FealGood Foundation, Town of Smithtown Supervisor Ed Werheim, Town of Smithtown Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo, and Town of Smithtown Councilman Tom Lohmann about local 9/11 memorials and their own experiences 20 years ago. ​ In the Spotlight Take a look at the Steps in the Process of Becoming a Correction Officer or Deputy Sheriff NEWS and UPCOMING Social Media Be sure to follow the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office on our social media sites to see up-to-date information.

  • COMMUNITY PROGRAMS | Sheriff's Office | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office | United

    Community Programs The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office offers an array of Community and School-based programs offered free of charge for all Suffolk County schools, businesses, organizations, non-profits and agencies. Learn more about our programs below or click one of the links below to request a program for your next event. Program Request Form For more information on any of our programs or to speak with a member of our Community Relations Unit, please contact Samantha Graviano by phone at (631) 852-5611 or (631) 852-5636 or via email at Samantha.Graviano@suffolkcountyny.gov. Programs At a Glance The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office offers a variety of programs to school and community groups. Some of our most popular programs include our YES Jail Tours, At-Risk Youth Jail Tours, and our Sandy Hook Initiatives, like Start with Hello and Know the Signs. ​ Would you like to request a program? Most programs can be booked using the Program Request Form . We have created a separate request for our YES Jail Tours and Personal "At-Risk" Youth Jail Tours . Visit those pages to book those programs. During the school year, Sheriff Toulon tries to visit several schools a month. Are you looking to request a visit from Sheriff Toulon? Send him an email: Suffolk_Sheriff@suffolkcountyny.gov . ​ Please note that some of our programs have been modified for remote presentation during the pandemic. We will work with each school or organization to best meet the needs of your group while being mindful of the current health concerns. ​ For information about our community programs, call (631) 852-5611 or email samantha.graviano@suffolkcountyny.gov . ​ ​ School-based Programs Youth Enlightenment Seminar (YES) Tours Sandy Hook Promise "Say Something/Know the Signs" Sandy Hook Promise "Start With Hello" Gang Resistance & Education (GREAT) Program STOPPED ("Drunk Buggies") Program McGruff the Crime Dog Drug and Vaping Awareness Programs School Vulnerability Assessments CRASE Presentation ​ Community Relations Programs for Public Events​ Child Car Seat Safety Checks Substance Abuse and Vaping Presentations Stop the Bleed CRASE Presentation Building Vulnerability Assessments Operation Safe Child ID Cards Project Lifesaver Senior Medical ID Card Test, Don't Guess Drug & Alcohol Test Kits Yellow Dot Program Special Requests Shed the Meds College Internships Explorers Program Test Don't Guess (Free Drug Test Kits)

  • Join Suffolk Sheriff | The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the ongoing County IT issues, the Civil Service website is down and cannot accept online registrations for the Correction Officer I Exam at this time. You may register in person at the Civil Service Office in Hauppauge. Please visit www.suffolkcountyny.gov for instructions on how to register, email Civil Service at civil.service@suffolkcountyny.gov or visit the Civil Service Office. Thank you for your patience. READY FOR A NEW CAREER? Join our email list to get updates on upcoming test dates, seminars, trainings and more information on how to apply. Join the mailing list DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURES Correction Officer I (English) Correction Officer I (Spanish) The Divisions of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division The Corrections Division of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of more than 806 Correction Officers who staff two county correctional facilities. The Corrections Division and its facilities are overseen by the Warden and his Deputy Wardens. Both facilities house minimum, medium, and maximum-security male and female inmates. ​ The current Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead was built in 1969 and has undergone multiple additions and improvements over the years, resulting in its current capacity of 840 inmates. The facility has linear and podular housing units, a state-of-the-art medical/ dental/ mental health unit, a rehabilitation unit, and a visiting section. The Choose Your Path program for young men is housed at the Riverhead Facility. ​ The Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank was built in 1961 and has also undergone multiple improvements and additions over the years, including a state-of-the-art addition in 2013 which added six podular housing units, modern medical/dental/mental health, visiting, and booking units, and renovations of existing housing areas. The current capacity at Yaphank is 976 inmates. The Sheriff's Addiction Treatment Program (SATP), the Veterans Reentry Program, the 55 and Older Pod, and the Choose to Thrive Program for female inmates are all housed at the Yaphank Facility. This facility also houses female inmates with their newborn babies in a fully equipped secure nursery. ​ An increased focus on inmate rehabilitation accompanied by the reduction in inmate levels due to NYS bail reform legislation has created the unique opportunity to increase the number of programs available to inmates in the custody of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. The emphasis the Sheriff’s Office places on correctional rehabilitative programming have evolved over the last several years, with Correction Officers increasingly adopting a mindset that places value on rehabilitation and reentry work. While many non-profit organizations work in collaboration with the correctional facility to provide services to current and former inmates, Correction Officers have developed and now run many unique correctional programs. ​ Police Division ​ The Chief Deputy Sheriff oversees the Police Division. It includes the Enforcement Bureau, Headquarters Bureau, District Court Bureau, Family Court Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau, a Special Operations Bureau, and the Pistol License Bureau. ​ The major responsibilities of the Headquarters Bureau are the transportation and security of inmates outside the correctional facility, general law enforcement services to the public, and support assistance to other law enforcement agencies. They have a Canine Unit and a Marine Unit which patrols the East End of Long Island. ​ The District Court Bureau is tasked with the secure transportation of all inmates and detainees remanded to the custody of the Sheriff by any of the twenty-two courts working out of the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip. The Bureau oversees the main detention center housed at the 1st District Court complex and is responsible for the care and custody of new arrestees in the five western townships of Suffolk County as well as Suffolk County Correctional Facility inmates returning for court appearances. The District Court Bureau works closely with law enforcement partners of the Sheriff’s Office, defense attorneys, court personnel, and the District Attorney’s Office to ensure the court process proceeds efficiently. The Bureau transported a total of 24,544 prisoners in 2019. ​ The Criminal Investigations Bureau is tasked with all criminal investigations within the confines of the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities. These include cases involving prison contraband, assaults, violation of orders of protection, death investigations, etc. In addition, the Bureau handles all felony cases developed by Deputy Sheriffs, serious motor vehicle crashes, aviation crashes at Gabreski Airport, and drug investigations, including undercover surveillance. The investigators within the Bureau undergo a multitude of training that includes death investigation, crime scene investigation, evidence handling, drug field testing, and motor vehicle collision investigation. Responsibilities for investigators include case management, evidence collection, arrest and warrant processing, interviews and statements, and crime scene management that includes fingerprint processing, photography, sketching, and scene narratives. Investigators from both the Police and Corrections divisions continually work with other agencies and on task forces such as the DEA and Heroin Task Force, to uncover crime in Suffolk County and the region. ​ ​ The Enforcement Bureau is comprised of the Civil Enforcement Section and Special Operations Section. Deputy Sheriffs assigned to the Civil Enforcement Section process property executions for enforcement against real and personal property, income executions, warrants to remove, warrants of arrest, orders of seizure, orders of attachment, service of D.W.I. forfeiture summonses for the County Attorney, enforcement of Health Commissioner orders, and all other actions issued out of any court in the county. The Special Operations Section performs a variety of duties including patrolling and responding to calls for service at the Suffolk County Gabreski Airport and other county facilities and traffic enforcement. ​ The Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad executes court-ordered Writs of Assistance in family offense and abuse and neglect cases, and transport certain juveniles charged with crimes to court, and returns them to where they are housed. Deputy Sheriff Investigators assigned to the Warrant Squad execute warrants of arrest in both family court and criminal court cases. Investigators also coordinate with the county’s Child Support Enforcement Bureau to locate parents who have failed to pay court-ordered child support and assist police agencies in tracking down Fugitives from Justice. ​ The Domestic Violence Bureau serves orders of protection that are created by the Family and Criminal Court systems. During the service of orders, Deputy Sheriffs are often ordered to seize firearms and other weapons in protection of the defendants and respondents. The Domestic Violence Bureau served a total of 3,786 orders of protection in 2019 and 4,023 in 2020. It also seized a total of 282 firearms in 2019 and 378 in 2020. In 2019, Deputy Sheriffs were tasked with the service of Emergency Risk Protection Orders (ERPO). An ERPO is a court order issued when a person may be dangerous to him/herself or others. An ERPO prohibits a person from purchasing or possessing guns and requires the person to surrender any guns he/she already owns or possesses. The Domestic Violence Bureau also investigates cases of individuals who attempt to purchase a firearm in violation of an order of protection and arrest individuals charged with violating orders of protection and those with family offense-related warrants. ​ The Special Operations Bureau is comprised of the Air Support Unit, Honor Guard, Stop-DWI Team, Bike Patrol, Emergency Management, Haz-Mat Decon Strike Team, Homeland Security, and Tactical Units that include the Sheriff’s Response Team and the Tactical Rifle and Containment Team. ​ The Pistol License Bureau is tasked with the issuance of all pistol licenses for the five East End towns in Suffolk County. The towns include Riverhead, Southampton, Southold, East Hampton, and Shelter Island. Deputy Sheriff Investigators are responsible for conducting a thorough background check that includes fingerprint and arrest history checks, personal and character witness interviews, residency verification, and mental health checks on pistol license applicants. ​ Operations Division The Operations Division includes Employee Benefits, the Communications Bureau, Quartermaster Bureau, Grants Bureau, Accounting Bureau, Personnel Investigations Bureau, Personnel/Payroll, Fleet Management, and Research and Development. The Chief of Staff oversees all bureaus in the Operations Division. ​ Employee Benefits administers all benefits for employees as negotiated by the three bargaining units within the Sheriff’s Office. The Communications Bureau administers all Sheriff’s Office dispatching functions. The Quartermaster Bureau is responsible for the issuance and inventory maintenance of uniform items and assorted equipment for approximately 1,200 employees of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. The Grants Bureau locates state, federal, and private sector funding opportunities. The Accounting Bureau prepares the annual operating budget request for submission to the County Executive’s Budget Office. ​ The Personnel Investigations Bureau is responsible for conducting confidential background investigations on all employee candidates for the Sheriff’s Office. The primary mission of the Payroll/Personnel Bureau is to monitor employee time and accruals and to ensure that all employees are paid accurately and in a timely fashion. Fleet Services is responsible for the maintenance of the “Fleet” which includes patrol vehicles, unmarked and undercover vehicles, trucks, buses, ATV’s, boats, military surplus equipment, and military vehicles. The Research and Development Bureau facilitates decision making, research, and timely responses to inquiries. These bureaus are staffed by Correction Officers, Deputies, and civilians.

  • Pistol Licensing | Sheriff's Office | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office | United St

    Pistol License Bureau PISTOL LICENSING UPDATE ***The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office issues pistol licenses for the five eastern towns of Suffolk County. If you live west of Riverhead, please contact the Suffolk County Police Department to apply for your license.*** ​ Pistol License is now taking appointments to accept new applications starting Monday, November 14, 2022. Everyone submitting a new application must call 631-852-2233 to make an appointment. ​ The Sheriff's Office Pistol License Section is open for: Amendments (including conversion to Carry Concealed) Purchase Vouchers Firearm acquisition Firearm disposal (sales/transfers) Renewals If you picked up a pistol license application prior to September 1, 2022, please contact the Pistol License Bureau at (631) 852-2233 for the new NYS application. For more information, please visit the gun safety in New York website at https://gunsafety.ny.gov/ FAQ These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) were issued on August 27, 2022 and provide information on New York State’s newly enacted firearms laws. These FAQs are not intended to be exhaustive, nor do they constitute legal advice. Please review the FAQs to learn more about how to obtain a firearm license, including new requirements for an in-person interview, firearm safety training, and additional resources for hunters, gun owners, and retailers. Do I need a license to possess a pistol or revolver in New York State? Yes. You are still required to have a license to possess a pistol or revolver. Nothing in the recent United States Supreme Court decision changes this fact. What are the most common types of licenses for a pistol or revolver in New York State? The two most common licenses for a pistol or revolver are a license to “have and possess” and a license to “have and carry concealed.” A “have and possess” license is commonly referred to as a “premises license,” which authorizes the license holder to possess a firearm at a certain location such as their home or place of business. A “have and carry concealed” license is commonly referred to as a “concealed carry license,” which authorizes the license holder to carry a pistol or revolver on their person. Are the terms “license” or “permit” the same? Yes. The terms license and permit are used interchangeably. What are the new requirements to obtain a concealed carry license? The new requirements to obtain a concealed carry license are: proof of completion of a firearms safety training course; four character references; a list of former and current social media accounts for the last three years; disclosure of applicant’s spouse or domestic partner, any other adults residing in the applicant’s home, including any adult children of the applicant, and an in-person interview of the applicant with the licensing officer/designee. For more information, please visit the State Police’s Firearm webpage or contact your county/local licensing officer. Am I required to show a need for self-defense to get a pistol or revolver license? No. You are not required to show a need for self-defense to get a pistol or revolver license. Are retired law enforcement officers required to apply for a concealed carry license? Yes. Retired law enforcement officials will need to apply for a concealed carry license. How and when do I apply for a firearm license? You can apply for a firearm license to your county/local licensing officer at any time. Please visit State Police’s Firearms webpage for more information on how to apply for a pistol or revolver license. Recertification/Renewal What is the difference between renewal and recertification of my pistol or revolver license? A pistol or revolver license issued by New York City or Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties expires and needs to be renewed every 3 years. A pistol or revolver license issued outside of those areas does not expire, but the license holder must recertify with the New York State Police every 3 years for a concealed carry license and every 5 years for other types of licenses. How does the new law impact the recertification due date of my pistol or revolver license? If you have a New York State concealed carry license, you are now required to submit your recertification to the New York State Police every 3 years after issuance instead of 5 years. The new law does not change the recertification requirements for a premises license, which must be recertified every 5 years. How does the new law impact the renewal of my pistol or revolver license? A concealed carry pistol or revolver license issued by New York City, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties now expires every 3 years. Find additional information on pistol renewal and recertification. Training Who is required to take the new firearm safety training course? Any individual who seeks to obtain a concealed carry license for a pistol or revolver will be required to take the 16-hour classroom and 2-hour live-fire firearm safety training course. This will be required for concealed carry licenses issued on or after September 1, 2022. Individuals renewing their license in New York City or Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties must complete the training. Where will I take the required firearm safety training course? How much will it cost? The firearm safety training course will be provided by authorized instructors, in accordance with training standards published by the New York State Police and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). Training costs and locations will be set by the instructor. When will I need to take the firearm safety training course? Proof of completion of the firearm safety training course is required to obtain a concealed carry license on or after September 1, 2022. Local licensing officers have the discretion to determine whether a portion or all of the firearms training requirement is satisfied for those applicants who completed a firearm safety course in the previous 5 years. Do I need to take the firearm safety training course if I already have a concealed carry license that was issued outside of New York City or Westchester, Nassau, or Suffolk counties? No. Existing concealed carry pistol or revolver license holders with licenses that were issued outside of New York City or Westchester, Nassau, or Suffolk counties are not required to take the firearm safety training course. If I am renewing my concealed carry license in a jurisdiction where it has an expiration date, (i.e., New York City, and Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties) will I need to take the firearm safety training course before renewing? Yes. An individual seeking to renew a concealed carry license on or after September 1, 2022, will need to complete the firearm safety training course. Local licensing officers have the discretion to determine whether a portion or all of the firearms training requirement is satisfied for those applicants who completed a firearm safety course in the previous 5 years. If I have an existing concealed carry license that was issued outside of New York City or Westchester, Nassau, or Suffolk counties and I am recertifying it with the New York State Police, will I need to take the firearm safety training course before recertifying? No. The firearm safety training course is not required to recertify your concealed carry license with the State Police. Are active or retired law enforcement or former military personnel exempt from having to take the firearm safety training course? The firearm safety training requirements apply to all applicants for a concealed carry license. This includes retired law enforcement and former military personnel. Local licensing officers have the discretion to determine whether a portion or all of the firearms training requirement is satisfied for those applicants who completed a firearm safety course in the previous 5 years. Further, local licensing officers may satisfy the training requirement for active or retired military personnel or law enforcement officers who received firearm training, in excess of the standards set forth for the firearm safety training course, as a component of their service or profession (e.g., the New York State Basic Course for Police Officers). If I only want a firearm in my residence and do not want to carry concealed, do I still have to take the firearm safety training? No. Premises license holders are not required to take the firearm safety training course. The firearm safety training course requirement applies to concealed carry licenses. Semi-Automatic Rifle License How do I apply for a Semi-Automatic Rifle License? Starting September 4, 2022, you may apply for a Semi-Automatic Rifle License through your county/local licensing officer. Existing firearm license holders can add a Semi-Automatic Rifle to their firearm license through their local licensing officer. A Semi-Automatic Rifle License is required to purchase or take ownership of a semiautomatic rifle on or after September 4, 2022. Do I need a Semi-Automatic Rifle License to keep a semi-automatic rifle I currently own? Any person that lawfully possesses a semi-automatic rifle prior to September 4, 2022, will not be required to obtain the Semi-Automatic Rifle License. The Semi-Automatic Rifle License is only required for persons acquiring a semiautomatic rifle on or after September 4, 2022. Has the age requirement changed to acquire and/or possess a semiautomatic rifle? Yes. Starting on September 4, 2022, the minimum age to purchase or take ownership of a semi-automatic rifle is 21 years old. If you are younger than 21 years old, and lawfully acquired a semi-automatic rifle prior to September 4, 2022, you may continue to possess that rifle. Restrictions on Carrying Firearms in Certain Locations Are individuals who have a premises license now able to carry a concealed pistol or revolver outside their home? No. You would need to obtain a concealed carry license. You cannot legally carry a concealed pistol or revolver outside of your home in New York State if you only have a premises license, which only allows you to possess a pistol or revolver in your home or place of business. What are the places, under the new law, where I cannot bring a firearm, rifle, or shotgun? Effective September 1, 2022, the possession of a firearm, rifle, or shotgun is prohibited in sensitive locations. Under the law, the following are considered sensitive locations: Any location owned or under control of federal, state, or local government for the purpose of government administration, including courts; Any location providing health, behavioral health, or chemical dependence care or services; Places of worship or religious observation; Libraries, public playgrounds, public parks, and zoos; NYS Office of Children and Family Service licensed or funded facilities (childcare facilities); Nursery schools, preschools, summer camps; NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities licensed or funded facilities; NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports licensed or funded facilities; NYS Office of Mental Health licensed or funded facilities; NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance licensed or funded facilities; Homeless shelters, family shelters, domestic violence shelters; NYS Department of Health licensed or funded residential facilities; Colleges, universities, private schools, public schools, and other educational institutions; Public transportation and transit facilities; Bars and restaurants serving alcohol, and on-premises cannabis consumption locations; Theaters, stadiums, racetracks, museums, amusement parks, performance venues, concert halls, exhibit halls, conference centers, banquet halls, gaming facilities, video lottery terminal facilities as licensed by the gaming commission; Polling places; Public sidewalks and other public areas that are restricted from general public access for a limited time or special event; Gatherings of people to collectively express their constitutional rights to assemble or protest; and Times Square (with boundaries determined by New York City). If I have a concealed carry license, can I carry my pistol or revolver to sensitive locations? No. Subject to exceptions for certain individuals (see next FAQ), Penal Law §265.01-e prohibits bringing any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or any other firearm to a sensitive location – even if you have a concealed carry license. Are there any exceptions to this rule? Is anyone exempt from the prohibition of possession of firearms, rifles, or shotguns in sensitive locations? Yes, the law exempts the following persons: Police officers in New York State, as defined in Criminal Procedure Law § 1.20(34), and those who were employed as police officers in New York State but are retired; Retired law enforcement officers who qualify under 18 U.S.C. 926(C)(the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, or LEOSA); Peace officers in New York State, as defined in Criminal Procedure Law § 2.10; Armed security guards registered by the NYS Department of State while working; Active-duty military personnel; Persons licensed under paragraph c, d, or e subdivision 2 of § 400.00 of the Penal Law while in the course of official duties; Persons lawfully engaged in hunting activity, including hunter education training; Persons operating a program in their home that would otherwise be considered a sensitive location, however, such possession must comply with any rules or regulations (e.g., safe storage); and Government employees with agency consent, for the purpose of natural resource protection. Is it a crime to enter another person’s property, also known as a “restricted location” under the law, with a firearm, rifle, or shotgun without the owner’s or lessee’s consent? Subject to exemptions for certain individuals, you can only enter another person’s property with a firearm, rifle, or shotgun when the owner or lessee has specifically posted that it allowed, or the owner or lessee has expressly consented. Consent to carry must be reflected by clear and conspicuous signage or express verbal consent from the owner or lessee. (Penal Law § 265.01-d) Is anyone exempt from the prohibition of possession of firearms, rifles, or shotguns in restricted locations? Yes, the law exempts the following persons: Police officers in New York State, as defined in Criminal Procedure Law § 1.20(34), and those who were employed as police officers in New York State but are retired; New York peace officers, as defined in Criminal Procedure Law § 2.10; Armed security guards registered by the Department of State while working; Active-duty military personnel; Persons licensed under paragraph c, d, or e subdivision 2 of § 400.00 of the Penal Law while in the course of their official duties; and Persons lawfully engaged in hunting activity, including hunter education training. Can I possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks? Certain areas of the parks are not considered “sensitive locations” under the law, as the state- owned or managed lands are legally classified as state forest preserve or are generally private lands. There are areas inside the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, however, that are classified as sensitive locations or restricted locations under the new gun law (e.g., libraries and government administrative facilities) and these specific locations are subject to the sensitive and restricted location restrictions under the law, which are detailed in Question 23. Please review the Department of Environmental Conservation’s FAQs for more information . Safe Handling and Storage Law How does the new law impact transporting guns in a vehicle? Effective September 1, 2022, if you leave your gun unattended in a vehicle, it must be unloaded and locked in a fire, impact, and tamper resistant storage depository that is hidden from view. Glove compartments and glove boxes are not appropriate safe storage depositories. A plastic or aluminum, lockable, hard-sided, gun case or safe will suffice for this purpose. If an adult remains with the vehicle to ensure security, a case or safe is not required. To prevent theft and ensure safety, it is always recommended that firearms be secured during transport. Local rules for traveling with firearms also apply and may be more restrictive. For example, New York City requires that all guns be unloaded, in a case, and out of sight, even when you are with the vehicle (Penal Law § 265.45). How am I required to store my guns in my home? If anyone younger than 18 years old or anyone who is prohibited from possessing a gun resides in the home, all firearms, rifles, and shotguns not in your immediate control must either be: secured with a gun locking device (trigger lock or cable lock) that makes them incapable of being accessed or fired by the prohibited individual, or locked securely in a safe or secure container that is fire, impact, and tamper resistant and which is locked using a key, keypad, or combination.

  • Pistol Licensing | Sheriff's Office | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office | United St

    Pistol License Bureau Updated January 15, 2021: ​ The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Pistol License Bureau will resume processing applications and other transactions on Tuesday , January 19, 2021. ​ Access limited as follows: ​ All those wishing to submit new applications must call (631) 852-2233 to set up an appointment. We anticipate appointment availability starting early February. ​ For all other transactions (vouchers, renewals, etc.): Upon parking at the facility, please remain in your vehicle and call (631) 852-2202. You will be notified when to enter the lobby (one person at a time). ​ Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please call the Pistol License Bureau at (631) 852-2233 to obtain a Pistol License Application. The Pistol License Bureau is responsible for the investigation, issuance, and maintenance of all pistol licenses for residents of the five eastern townships (East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, and Southold). The Pistol License Bureau maintains over 5,000 active files and records, and records renewals, handgun transactions, and other correspondence for each active file. ​ A firearms license is a state license issued under the authority of county licensing officers. An applicant must decide what type of license will be sought. The most common types of firearms license are: ​ Sportsman Sportsman/Business Possess/Carry During Employment ​ Common Questions: How much does it cost? The cost varies by county. As of January 1, 2019, the New York State Fingerprinting Fee is $88.25 payable by United States Money Order only. How long will the process take? You should expect it to take a minimum of six (6) months from the time of application until a license is either granted or denied. Where do I apply? You must apply for your pistol license in person at the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Pistol License Bureau located at 100 Center Drive South, Riverhead, NY 11901. ​ Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to have a firearms license, you: Must be a New York State resident. A person who is not a resident of New York State but has his/her principal place of business in the state may apply for a Possess on Premises License within the business' jurisdiction. Must be 21 years old. Have no prior felony or serious offense convictions. Be of good moral character. Have a legally recognized reason for wanting to possess or carry a firearm. Be ready to open the business for which the license is being applied. ​ NOTE: If you have a pistol license issued by another enforcement agency, please contact your issuing agency for more information on the FOIL Exemption form. ​ ​ Suffolk County Sheriff's Office FOIL Exemption Form If you live in the 5 East End towns (East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, or Southold) please visit the Riverhead Correctional Facility to apply for your pistol license. (NOTE: This procedures will change effective December 7, 2020. Refer to temporary guidance posted above.) ​ Suffolk County Sheriff's Office- Riverhead Facility 100 Center Drive South Riverhead, NY 11901 (631) 852-2233 Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm ​ NOTE: Fingerprinting for application submission must be done between 9:00am -12:00pm Monday - Friday. ​ To complete the New York State Pistol/Revolver License Application, you will need to complete the application and provide the following information: Full Name Date of Birth Social Security Number Address Physical Description Criminal History Mental Health History Character References Identification: Current New York Driver's License or a New York Non-Driver's I.D. from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Important Safety Notice In case of DEATH, SERIOUS ILLNESS, or MENTAL DISABILITY of a Pistol License Holder, please contact the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Pistol License Bureau as soon as possible. DO NOT handle any firearms; leave all handguns and long guns where they are and contact the Pistol License Bureau first for assistance. ​ Pistol License Bureau Hours (Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm): call (631) 852-2233. Saturday/Sunday & After Regular Business Hours: call (631) 852-2286. ​

  • Visiting Information | Sheriff's Office | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office | Unite

    Visiting with Incarcerated Individuals at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility ​ ​ To schedule a visit, call Visiting Reservations at (631) 852-1893 or (631) 852-1894. INMATE VISITING UPDATE Schedule : Tuesday-Friday: 2:30-3:30, 4-5, 6:45-7:45, 8:15-9:15 Saturday: 8:30-9:30, 10-11, 1-2, 2:30-3:30 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Due to the ongoing County IT issues, please bear with us as we work to accommodate your appointment and get you checked in. Visits are limited to two adult visitors per inmate. Only those adults who are scheduled for the visit will be allowed on the grounds of the correctional facility. ​ Attorney Visiting Update As the health and safety of inmates, visitors and our staff remain paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic, non-contact booth visits will be used to accommodate attorney visits. Existing safety measures, including passing a temperature screening and the wearing of a proper face covering, 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 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. Note: Costs incurred by obtaining documents shall be borne on the visitor and/or incarcerated individual. 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. Are you looking for help for loved ones, family members or yourself? 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. ​ 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 Print Budii . 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. ​ ​

  • Executive Leadership Conference | Sheriff's Office

    MISSION TO DEVELOP, EQUIP & EMPOWER THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXECUTIVE LEADERS. INTERESTED IN ATTENDING? Would you like to attend our upcoming Executive Leadership Conference? Fill out the form below and we'll send you a link to register. Submit Thank you for your interest in joining us at our upcoming Executive Leadership Conference. You will receive an email with details on how to register this event within 24-48 hours.

  • ABOUT US | Sheriff's Office | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office | United States

    About the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Errol D. Toulon welcomes you to the Sheriff’s Office website and looks forward to providing quality and accurate information to the visiting public. We welcome your comments and suggestions as you navigate through the site. ​ Suffolk County has a population of over 1.5 million and our entire staff works tirelessly to serve and protect our residents through innovative programs to reduce inmate recidivism, by promoting sound fiscal policies and by working cooperatively with law enforcement and community groups throughout the county to improve safety in our jails and our neighborhoods. ​ The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office also plays a significant role in patrolling our roadways; Deputy Sheriffs are out in force all year long throughout the county. Our innovative Mobile DWI Processing Unit helps us efficiently apprehend suspected drunk and impaired drivers, and has a deterrent effect on anyone contemplating driving while under the influence. Some of the Sheriff’s Office's responsibilities include: Operates the two Suffolk County correctional facilities (in Yaphank and Riverhead), provides county courthouse security and detention. Is responsible for patrolling and investigating all crimes committed on the county-owned property such as county government office buildings and plays a leading law enforcement role in the Long Island Pine Barrens. Has a Countywide DWI Enforcement Team which consists of 3 Drug Recognition Experts (D.R.E.), which is funded by the STOP-DWI program. Issues pistol permits for the five East End towns of Suffolk County through its Pistol License Bureau. Has an Emergency Management Section: the Sheriff and the County Executive are the two County Officials with a broad range of authority in declaring a State of Emergency. Operates a Domestic Violence Bureau. Deputy Sheriffs assigned to this command serve and enforce the Orders of Protection; they arrest individuals charged with violating Orders of Protection and those with Family Offense related warrants. The third function is to provide victims with a safe refuge by removing batterers from the home, seizing weapons and executing all arrest warrants against the perpetrators of domestic violence. Has several specialized sections, including K-9, Marine Patrol, a Dive Team, a Mountain Bike Unit, an ATV Unit, the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT), an Honor Guard, Air Support Unit, Grants Bureau, and a tactical entry weapons team and a sniper section. Is the Downstate New York Coordinator for Project Lifesaver International. Project Lifesaver is a Countywide Emergency Locator Service capable of finding those diagnosed with cognitive impairment (Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome, etc.) which may cause them to wander and become lost. Those enrolled in the program wear a one-ounce tracking device that can be tracked by specially trained Deputy Sheriffs. ​

  • SERVICES | Sheriff's Office | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office | Unite

    Sheriff's Office Functions and Services Click a link below: Civil Enforcement Income Execution and Wage Garnishment Mileage and Fees Motor Vehicle Levy Property Execution Extreme Risk Protective Orders Pistol Licensing

  • Motor Vehicle Levy | Sheriff's Office

    Civil Enforcement Bureau 360 Yaphank Avenue Yaphank, NY 11980 (631) 852-5623 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 $4000.00 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 $4000.00 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 $4000.00 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. Motor Vehicle Levy 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. 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 $600.00 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. ​ ​

  • Corrections Links | Sheriff's Office | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office | United

    Corrections Links Facilities Directions Posting Bail Rehabilitation Mask Making Vocational Programs Human Trafficking Unit Community Relations Unit Inmate Handbook (English) Inmate Handbook (Spanish) HALT Act Data Reporting Requirements

  • Project Lifesaver | Sheriff's Office | Suffolk County Sheriffs Office | United S

    About Project Lifesaver Project Lifesaver is a rapid-response program that aids victims (and their families) who wander as a result of cognitive impairments, or other afflictions. The program combines technology and specially trained Sheriff’s Deputies to locate individuals who have wandered. Project Lifesaver clients wear a “watch-type” wristband transmitter (worn on the wrist, ankle or as a necklace), which emits a tracking signal. When a caregiver calls the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver line to report that a client has wandered, a search team responds to the wanderer’s area and, while in route, activates the vehicles mobile locator tracking system. A hand-held unit is used to search for clients in areas inaccessible by vehicles. ​ ​ In an emergency, caregivers must immediately notify the: Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Emergency Response Line at 631-852-2791 and dial 911. ​ How to Enroll in Project Lifesaver Enrollment applications can be obtained by calling (631) 852-3003. Your enrollment application must be completed and submitted to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office at 100 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901. Once your application is reviewed, an appointment will be made for a home visit by a Project Lifesaver specialist from the Sheriff’s Office. ​ How to Purchase Project Lifesaver Equipment The purchase of enrollment equipment is coordinated through the Sheriff’s Office once the client’s application is approved. ​ Cost to Enroll The transmitter, transmitter case, transmitter tester, battery and wristband costs $300.00 (approximately), plus shipping & handling. The battery and wristband has to be changed monthly or bi-monthly (depending on transmitter) and a new battery and wristband installed. This costs about $5.00 each month. ​ Monthly Maintenance Monthly and/or yearly battery and wristband purchases may be requested by calling the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office at (631) 852-3003. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is Project Lifesaver? Project Lifesaver is a rapid-response program that aids clients (and their families) who wander as a result of cognitive impairments, or other afflictions. ​ Who sponsors Project Lifesaver? Project Lifesaver is sponsored by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office as well as non-profit organizations who make donations to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office for Project Lifesaver. ​ How does Project Lifesaver work? The program combines technology and specially trained Sheriff’s Deputies to locate individuals who have wandered. Project Lifesaver clients wear a “watch-type” wristband transmitter (worn on the wrist, ankle or as a necklace), which emits a tracking signal. When a caregiver calls the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver line to report that a client has wandered, a search team responds to the wanderer’s area and, while in route, activates the vehicles mobile locator tracking system. A hand-held unit is used to search for clients in areas inaccessible by vehicles. ​ How much does Project Lifesaver cost? There is a one-time cost of approximately $300 (plus tax and shipping) for the transmitter, tester, battery and wristband strap. ​ How long does it take to enroll in Project Lifesaver? Applications can be requested by calling 631-852-3003. A Sheriff’s Deputy will then meet with the potential client/caregiver/family member making certain that the area is safe for the potential client and to assist with the necessary paperwork and instructions. ​ How long does it take for the Project Lifesaver program to begin? Once you have met with a member of the Project Lifesaver Bureau and have the necessary equipment (transmitters take up to 2-4 weeks to ship), the program starts immediately. ​ How is the initial equipment purchased? The purchase of Enrollment Equipment is coordinated through the Sheriff’s Office once the client’s application is approved. ​ How is monthly maintenance equipment purchased? Caregiver purchase requests for batteries and wristbands, for monthly maintenance, can be obtained by calling 631-852-3003, or by email at: lifesaver@suffolkcountyny.gov , or through a registered Project Lifesaver International sponsor, or care facility. ​ What happens if someone wanders? Caregivers must immediately notify the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver emergency response line (631-852-2791), and dial “911.” Project Lifesaver Bringing Loved Ones Home How long does it take to locate a missing client? Nationally, response times vary, but average under 30 minutes. ​ How frequently should a transmitter battery be changed? Batteries emit a signal every second (24/7) and must be changed monthly. ​ Is the transmitter waterproof? Yes. Clients can shower and swim while wearing the transmitter. ​ Is the client’s transmitting equipment covered by insurance as a medical necessity? Check with your insurance carrier. If necessary, the Sheriff's Office can provide documentation to the insurance carrier that the client in question is enrolled in the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver Program. ​ What happens if something goes wrong with my equipment? Call the Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver line immediately (631-852-2791). ​ What happens if the transmitter is lost? Call the Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver line immediately (631-852-2791). ​ Are there other Project Lifesaver programs? Project Lifesaver began in the Sheriff’s Office, Chesapeake, Virginia in 1999 and is now in over 1,300 Sheriff and Police agencies across the United States, Canada and Australia. ​ Is there a guarantee that a person wearing a Project Lifesaver transmitter will be located? Client searches involve different variables and incidents are unpredictable. In over 3,000 reported searches, Project Lifesaver agencies have achieved a 100% success rate. The Sheriff’s Office feels Project Lifesaver equipment and established procedures greatly increases the likelihood of “Bringing Your Loved Ones Home” safely. ​ View More Project Lifesaver Request Thank you for your request. Submit

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