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CLICK HERE before visiting: Visitor Dress Code

The Department has established minimum requirements for visitor dress. When the visits officer deems a visitor’s attire does not conform to the requirements outlined herein, they will ask the Shift Commander to either approve or deny the visit.

Please read full dress code guide to enure you do not get turned away on your next visit: click here
Attorney/Client Teleconference Procedures

As of March 11, 2020, Visiting Hours at the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department have been suspended until further notice.

For more information, please read press release regarding threat of COVID-19. Read More

Contact for more information(617) 635-1100 x3001.

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.

Tour The Facilities

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

If you have previously submitted or saved an application, please go to My Account to retrieve it.

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Recruitment is underway for the 2023 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department’s seven-week paid internship for Suffolk County Juniors and Seniors. The SEP will offer up to twenty participants the chance to join the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department to learn more about careers in law enforcement and criminal justice. For more extensive information on the program or to apply, click the following link: www.scsdma.org/sep2023 #SummerJobs

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The Suffolk County Sheriff's Department participated in the 2023 Spring Career Fair held at @franklincummingstech, where they spoke to students about the various employment opportunities available within the department. To explore vacancies, please visit www.scsdma.org/careers. #WeareSCSD #Careers #lawenforcement

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The Suffolk County Sheriff's Department participated in the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade held on Sunday. The following photos are just a glimpse of this festive event sponsored by the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston! #WeareSCSD

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To recognize the exemplary performance of our custody staff, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department has instituted the Officer of the Month award. This award is granted to staff members who consistently demonstrate excellence, professionalism, and integrity while performing their duties.

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