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; Sheriff's Deputies 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.
In July 2012, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office was awarded first place in the National Law Enforcement Challenge’s traffic safety awards program in the category of agencies with more than 250 officers. The competition recognizes law enforcement agencies for their outstanding effectiveness in reducing traffic injuries, detecting and deterring crime and saving lives. The competition is sponsored each year by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Sheriff's Association, and the International Association of Chiefs Of Police (IACP).
Under Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco's leadership, the mission of the correctional facility has evolved by placing a strong emphasis on rehabilitation and educational programs for incarcerated youth and adults to improve outcomes upon release, and reduce recidivism. The Riverhead facility's Council for Unity anti-gang initiative has become a model for the State of New York, and was honored by Harvard University's School of Government Innovation Awards program as a "Bright Idea" in the year 2011. In 2013, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Youth Initiatiave and Reentry Task Force was granted an Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties.