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The Sheriff’s Department is mandated to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth and to serve and protect the citizens of Suffolk County.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Maintaining safe and secure custody and control of inmates and pre-trial detainees.
  • Enhancing public safety by seeking ways to effectively reduce offender recidivism.
  • To meet the challenges presented by this obligation, we must set goals that inform and improve our relationship with both the public and each other.

Steven W. Tompkins, a member of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department since 2002, was appointed to serve as the Sheriff of Suffolk County on January 22nd, 2013 by Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick.

As the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Tompkins manages all operations at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody and rehabilitative support for inmates and pre–trial detainees, Tompkins also oversees a management, security and administrative staff of over 1,000.

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Here you can take a virtual tour of one of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department facilities.

Suffolk County Jail at Nashua Street
Suffolk County South Bay House of Correction

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SCSD Employment Opportunities Below is a list of current opportunities at Suffolk County Sheriff's Department. Please click on an opening in the list to view details and apply or to download an application. Click here

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For this #MotivationalMonday, we highlight the recent City of Boston Age Strong Resource Fair. The Department joined an impressive array of organizations gathered to assist seniors with everything from transportation, in-home care, health insurance, memory loss services and much more. To learn more about available services, visit: www.boston.gov/departments/age-strong-commission.

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Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department turned out for the Massachusetts First Jurisdiction Metropolitan District Black Achievement Awards Breakfast to hear keynote speaker Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and support the event’s emcee and Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department’s own Lieutenant Sean Clark, Sr. Sheriff Tompkins also was among the attendees receiving awards, which also included Bishop Talbert Swan, Dr. Jean Maguire (who was unable to attend), Reverend Troy Smith, Reverend Reba Danastorg, Reverend Wilbur Smart, Bishop Dr. Arthur Jack, and SCSD instructor Gary Bracey.

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The parade to celebrate the Boston Celtics' 18th Championship was held earlier today, and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department were part of the festivities. Joining the Celtics’ “rolling rally” from the Boston Garden, past City Hall and through to Copley Square, the Department provided two transport vans as part of a request for mutual aid to help bolster the city’s law enforcement and first responders staffing the parade. Congratulations to the #Celtics, and we’ll see you back here again next year! #LetsGoCeltics #BleedGreen #Banner18

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The Suffolk County Sheriff's Department joined in the festivities at the 249th running of the Bunker Hill Day Parade in Charlestown recently. A surefire early sign of summer, the parade is one of the longest-standing in the U.S., serving as a bridge between commemoration and celebration dating back to 1786.

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