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May 4, 2022

A New York sheriff is looking to make a nationwide impact with his new initiative for keeping pets in the community safe.

On Tuesday, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. introduced a new database to help local pet parents quickly locate missing animals.

The Lost Pet Network will enroll pets into a database and provide owners with a printed pet identification card. If an enrolled four-legged friend goes missing, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office will send an alert with the pet's information to deputy sheriffs and local municipalities. Information about the lost pet will also be shared on social media accounts to aid in the animal's return.

Suffolk County sheriff creates database for missing pets, hopes it will become a national model

"Centralized and organized because right now there is nothing in Suffolk County to really assist pets that are lost," Toulon said during a briefing in the Town of Islip. "Not only would we alert our staff that may be on patrol in certain areas, but also we would post it on social media, we would notify shelters." | read more ››

April 14, 2022

This week, TBR News Media had an exclusive interview with Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. (D). During our conversation with the sheriff, he addressed his battles with cancer, the challenges of steering the sheriff’s department through a pandemic and his surprising place in the history of the New York Yankees.

Sheriff, what is your professional background and how did you land in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office?

I started my career in 1982 as a New York City correction officer and I worked with the New York City Department of Corrections for 22 years on the uniform side. From 1982 until 2004, I worked on various assignments in numerous jails throughout the department. We had almost 25,000 inmates in our city system back then. I worked in our emergency services unit for almost 10 years. I was a captain there and also a captain in our detectives unit for almost three years before I retired. I also worked in the compliance division toward the end of my career. | read more ››

April 14, 2022

LONG ISLAND - From Nassau to Suffolk County, law enforcement agencies across Long Island are cracking down on illegal license plates.

"They’re coming from out of state," said Gerard Hardy, Chief of Patrol with the Suffolk County Police Department. "We’re seeing a lot from Texas and New Jersey."

Officials say the plates, made of paper, are used to avoid red light cameras and tolls and to evade law enforcement.
"They’re going online and ordering registrations," said Patrick Ryder, Police Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department. "They’re buying it for $50 instead of going to the DMV to register the car for three to four hundred dollars."

And in several cases, according to police, criminals make copies of them for different cars before wreaking havoc. Errol Toulon Jr. is the Suffolk County Sheriff.

"We’re seeing more and more individuals using paper plates and altering their license plates and also having phony registrations to really commit crimes," Toulon said. | read more ››

April 1, 2022

Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. was recently appointed by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to the New York State Municipal Police Training Council. The eight-member Municipal Police Training Council promulgates minimum training requirements for newly-appointed police and peace officers and a course of training for police officers appointed to supervisory positions.

“I am honored to be appointed by Governor Hochul to serve on the New York State Municipal Police Training Council,” said Sheriff Toulon. “I look forward to the opportunity and to be able to bring to the table my knowledge of state-of-the-art training techniques to help ensure that our law enforcement officials across the State are best equipped to protect and serve their communities.” | read more ››