Suffolk County Sheriff's Department (Massachusetts)
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|Suffolk County Sheriff's Department|
|Patch of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department.|
|Annual budget||$122 Million|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||County of Suffolk in the state of Massachusetts, USA|
|Deputy Sheriff/Correction Officers||800|
|Sheriff responsible||Steven W. Tompkins|
|Patrol Vehicles||Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Suffolk County Sheriff's Department is a law enforcement agency for Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The agency's primary responsibility is oversight of the Nashua Street Jail and the South Bay House of Correction in Boston, Massachusetts.
South Bay House of Correction
This facility was built in 1991 at a cost of $115 million to replace the antiquated jail on Deer Island. The HOC was designed to hold up to 900 inmates at one time, but it currently houses upwards of 1,900 at any given time. There are 674 cells and 32 different housing units at this modern facility.
Nashua Street Jail
This facility was built in 1990 to replace the historic Charles Street Jail which operated from 1851 to 1991. This facility houses almost 744 pre-trial detainees in 13 different housing units. The jail has 453 cells containing 654 individual beds. The entire facility is maximum security.
Correction Officer Training Academy
The Suffolk County Sheriff's Department has a 12-week training academy for recruits to become corrections officers. Specific topics covered include: the use of force, firearm safety and handling, suicide prevention, courtroom testimony, ethics and professionalism, inmate education, fire safety, CPR and first aid, report writing, and interpersonal communication, among other topics. Recruits are also given physical training and are taught multiple defensive tactics.
The Training Facility is located in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Honor Guard Unit
The Honor Guard unit is frequently requested by various organizations to appear throughout Suffolk County and beyond to display the Colors for community functions, funerals, parades, and events.
The Sheriff's Department currently has four K-9 teams. Two of the K-9s are German Shepherds that are cross-trained in patrol and narcotics detection and the two other dogs are Labradors that are trained in narcotics detection. These teams provide additional security and search for narcotics inside the House of Correction and Nashua Street Jail as well as assist other law enforcement agencies in searching for narcotics, fleeing felons, or lost children.
- April 11, 1997- Deputy Joseph Freedman suffered a fatal heart attack while distributing food carts at the South Bay House of Correction.