Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department officers and civilian staff members recently gathered at the House of Correction and Suffolk County Jail to take part in the Department’s annual recognition of the beginning of Autism Awareness Month.Read More
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently returned to his alma mater Boston College to celebrate the 25th anniversary of 4Boston Volunteers, the largest weekly service organization at the university. Sheriff Tompkins shared some of his defining moments as a Boston College student, and the critical role of civic engagement and community service. He also detailed some of the programs within the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department that support and bolster civic engagement including the Choice Program, among others.Read More
"It was a pleasure to join with the members of the Massachusetts Democratic Party to elect the Massachusetts' Democratic Party delegate to the Democratic National Convention. I was proud to join with 200+ members from across Massachusetts to act on our commitment to good governance through voting, and elect our next Democratic Party Delegate. Congratulations to Mel Poindexter on his election."Read More
"This Recovery Partnership will mean faster, stronger, and better connections for incarcerated individuals leaving our institutions and reentering their neighborhoods. I am so proud to announce this Recovery Partnership with Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston, because it shows our collective desire to work together, our collective agreement to build bridges from inside our institutions out into the community, and our collective rejection of the notion that Boston and Suffolk County can be considered successful without the success of all of our citizens."Read More
"It was a tremendous honor to be asked to participate in Congressman Keith Ellison's presentation at Emerson College. As Rep. Ellison so eloquently stated, "we have to stand for racial and economic justice, because if we don't fight for both, we're not going to achieve either." In these difficult and uncertain times in our country, we must all come together as one united people - men, women and young people of all races, all faiths, all cultures, LGBT, veterans, disabled, and all others - to ensure that we can provide a safe, healthy, inclusive and vibrant society with equality for ALL people", said Sheriff Tompkins.Read More
Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins took part in the 47th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. The breakfast is the longest running event in the country honoring the late civil rights leader.Read More
This past month, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department Family Matters Program launched the Community Consortium Initiative, a series of meetings for service providers to foster community connected practice with the intention of building resources to serve and strengthen the families of the incarcerated.Read More
As a traditional winter in New England begins to take hold in earnest, citizens of Suffolk County are steeling themselves against the inevitable cold and snow likely to highlight portions of the next few months.Read More
It is with a heavy heart that I pass along this note to you.
Earlier today Suzanne Tompkins, (age 54), wife of Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins passed away. After complications from a stroke, Suzanne passed peacefully surrounded by her beloved husband and family. Suzanne is the loving mother of Christopher and Dayneece Tompkins. The Sheriff is heartbroken and thankful for all of the prayers from people across the Commonwealth. The family respectfully requests privacy during this difficult time.
"To all the members of #TeamTompkins ... anyone who held a sign, passed a palm card, held a house party, carried on a conversation about the work that we're doing at the Department, or contributed to the cause in any of a multitude of other ways...from the very bottom of my heart, I thank you" said Sheriff Tompkins.Read More
Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department held a public discussion about race at Roxbury Community College.
Sheriff Tompkins assembled a distinguished panel of speakers that included Rt. Reverend Jack Ahern of Saint Mary Parish; Andrea Cabral, Former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Security; Evandro Carvalho, State Representative for the 5th Suffolk District; Michael Curry, President of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Boston Chapter; William Gross, Superintendent-In-Chief of the Boston Police Department; Akilah Johnson, Boston Globe Journalist; Steve Koczela, President of the MassINC Polling Group; Dan Mulhern, Director of the City of Boston’s Public Safety Initiative; Tonya Platt, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney; Dan Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence; Alberto Vasallo, Jr., Founder and President of El Mundo; and Teri Williams, Chief Operating Officer and President of OneUnited Bank.Read More
Sheriff Tompkins was invited to be a presenter at U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's "Presentation on America's Agenda" held at the Roxbury Community College this past Thursday, August 25th.
"I want to thank I want to thank Senator Warren for inviting me onstage and for bringing a message that truly resonates with the middle and working class people in our community," said Sheriff Tompkins. "A tremendous amount of knowledge was transmitted in a short amount of time about the social, economic and political factors that shape our daily lives and her clarion call for residents to become more civically engaged was both necessary and welcome."Read More
Sheriff Steve Tompkins was selected by fellow State Committee Members to serve as a Hillary Clinton Congressional District 7 Delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
"My time at the Democratic Convention wasn't just experiencing this monumental chapter in our country's history - that of nominating the first female to run for the American presidency - I also served as a whip, which meant that I had to make sure that nine people in my group were in their seats when needed to vote on platform initiatives," said Sheriff Tompkins.Read More
Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins joined Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker for the historic signing into law of Bill S.2119 – “An Act to establish pay equity.” This law, which updates the prior MA law established in 1945, improves and more clearly defines protections to guarantee that women are paid equally for equal work.
"I want to congratulate the members of Syria Court No. 10 for a wonderfully successful 44th Annual Senior Citizen Dinner at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Dorchester. It was a great pleasure to be there with everyone again renewing friendships and making new ones while breaking bread and celebrating the wisdom and experience of those who came before us. I look forward to joining everyone once again next year for the 45th annual celebration," said Sheriff Tompkins.
"The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police, Massachusetts Sheriffs Association and the state's district attorneys have all come out against marijuana legalization, according to the opposition campaign.
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins said after the press conference that he understands arguments being raised about "people falling into the criminal justice system," but would "rather err on the side of caution" on marijuana policy.Read More
“Our mission is to keep our kids out of the criminal justice system, keep them in school, keep them out of trouble, so that they can then grow up and become productive citizens just like you,” said Sheriff Steve Tompkins.