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October 25, 2018
Errol Toulon

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with authorities in El Salvador to combat MS-13 and other street gangs, Sheriff Errol Toulon announced Thursday at his agency’s 12th annual gang seminar.

“We’re happy to announce today that we are going to have a partnership with the El Salvadoran government where we can share information, we will share resources and really work on a network combating gang violence here in Suffolk County,” Toulon said during a news conference at the Radisson Hotel in Hauppauge, where hundreds of law-enforcement officials from the Northeast gathered for the seminar. | read more ››

June 4, 2018
Errol Toulon

Riverhead school district teachers and staff gathered in the high school auditorium Monday to train for what has become an increasing threat to schools nationwide — an active shooter.

The need for drills and training is “an unfortunate reality,” said Riverhead Superintendent Aurelia Henriquez.

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February 17, 2018
Andrew Cuomo and Errol Toulon

Errol Toulon Jr., who in November was elected the first African-American sheriff in Suffolk County history, remembers clearly the first time he realized what it means to be black.
He was 5 years old and news of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. came on television in his Bronx home. He recalls watching his mother, Alma, cry and his father, Errol Sr., console her.

He also remembers his parents talking about what King believed in and how he stood up for those beliefs — and how that was viewed by others, including law enforcement officers.
“I realized I could or can be looked at differently just because of the color of my skin,” Toulon, 55, said.
The realization didn’t deter Toulon from entering law enforcement, but it shaped his philosophy on how to interact with others.
“Going forward I’ve always been one to . . . try and treat people the way I would want to be treated,” he said.
Toulon’s life at home off the Grand Concourse in the South Bronx with his parents and younger brother, Anthony, was stable and family-centered. His father was strict, he said, and the boys were required to be home by a certain time. If they got a little too caught up in an after-school game of baseball or basketball, Toulon and his brother had to make a mad dash for home. | read more ››

December 12, 2017
Errol Toulon

Democrat Errol Toulon Jr. will be Suffolk County’s new sheriff after Republican candidate Larry Zacarese conceded the close race Monday.
Toulon, a former New York City deputy corrections commissioner, becomes Long Island’s first African American nonjudicial countywide elected official, political observers said.
Toulon and Zacarese vied to replace Sheriff Vincent DeMarco in the Nov. 7 election that was too close to call on election night and required counting of more than 14,000 absentee ballots. Toulon expanded his unofficial election night lead of 1,352 votes over Zacarese to 2,043 votes by Monday, out of more than 300,000 votes cast. A handful of votes remain to be counted, election officials said. | read more ››