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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.

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

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Launched in 2014, the Summer Enrichment Program provides young people with the opportunity to begin an internship with one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country, and one of the largest in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts while working alongside established career professionals in the world of law enforcement. Seven-week program that begins on Wednesday, July 5th and ends on Friday, August 18th. The program invites up to twenty participants.

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Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department joined representatives from the Chelsea Police Department and the Chelsea Fire Department for a recent “Reading With First Responders” event at the Harbor Area Family Resource Center in Chelsea. #ReadingWithFirstResponders #TheNeedToRead

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The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently participated in East Boston High School’s College and Career Fair to share information and experiences about working for the Department and what a future career in law enforcement might look like for participants. For information about East Boston High School, visit: https://www.ebhsjets.net. To learn more about open positions available at the Department, visit: www.scsdma.org/careers.

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Members of the Community Works Program took part in an effort to unload, sort and stack a delivery of food to St. Monica Church’s food pantry in South Boston. The Community Works Program (CWP), which is made up of volunteers from the Department’s in-custody population who must meet strict classification standards to be selected for the program, helps participants to gain work experience and build upon valuable skills learned through vocational and job training that can help to remove the barriers to employment that they often face upon their return to society. Under the constant supervision of Deputy Sheriffs, who also provide on-site training to participants, CWP members work on assignments that include: cleaning vacant lots, beautifying roadway intersections, painting street lamps, boarding and securing abandoned homes, shoveling walkways for senior citizen housing, and more. Many of the assignments are made through requests for assistance to the Department from municipal governments, non–profits and various divisions within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. St. Monica Church’s Food Security Ministry provides weekly groceries for South Boston individuals and families living with hunger as well as emergency meals and food for anyone who knocks on our door. For more information, visit www.sbscatholic.org/st-monica-food-pantry-ministry.

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