b'13 CELEBRATING THE 2021 HONOREESELECTED OFFICIALOF THE YEARDr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr.Suffolk County SheriffTOURO LAW CENTERS 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALAErrol D. Toulon, Jr., Ed.D., is Suffolk Countys 67th Sheriff and the countys first African American to be elected to a non-judicial countywide office. As Suffolks highest-ranking law enforcement official, he is working to serve and protect the countys 1.5 million residents through innovative programs to reduce crime and recidivism, and by implementing sound fiscal policies.In his first year, Sheriff Toulon launched the Sandy Hook Promise School Safety Initiative. Since then, more than 22,000 students have been taught to recognize the signs of a peer in distress, especially on social media, and how to report concerning information to a trusted adult.In October 2018, Sheriff Toulon launched a task force to study these issues, drive policy discussions, and implement solutions. Simultaneously, he greatly expanded correctional rehabilitation programming aimed to reduce recidivism and improve offenders desistance from crime. In just 2 years, he launched, Choose Your Path for young adults, Choose to Thrive for incarcerated women, a senior citizen program POD, and made significant improvements to the Sheriffs Addiction Treatment Program. He also launched the nations first jail-based human trafficking Initiative which assesses all county inmates for signs of victimization. Programming is offered to both pre-trial and sentenced individuals and is aimed at addressing the needs and deficits correlated with criminal activity, such as substance abuse, mental health issues, limited educational and employment skills, transportation, housing, and identification issues.Sheriff Toulon has more than 30 years of criminal-justice experience, heavily centered upon corrections intelligence and combating gang violence.'