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.
"Behind him [Boston Mayor Marty Walsh] stood more of the state's Clinton supporters and delegates, including Mayor Daniel Rivera of Lawrence, Annissa Essaibi George of Boston, state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins. Tompkins, whose bellowing voice rivaled the brass quartet, led the crowd in chants of 'HRC! HRC! HRC!"
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Sheriff Tompkins joined members of the Latino community at a Coffee Hour hosted by the Mayor's Offie, and especially Latino Liaison Alexandra Valdez. Many familiar faces and new members of the Boston community gathered to have some coffee, discuss matters of interest and cheer on as local groups performed.
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins joined United States Congresswoman Katherine Clark and a gathering of elected officials from across Massachusetts, members of law enforcement, and activists to demand that members of Congress be allowed to debate and vote on pending legislation designed to reduce gun violence.
Before introducing Congresswoman Clark, amidst a sea of signs and supporters, Sheriff Tompkins delivered an impassioned address calling for federal laws to echo Massachusetts gun safety laws.Read More
Sheriff Tompkins Joined Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell and representatives of the business and service community, including and Roca, to participate in Urban Entrepreneur Pitch Night at the Roxbury Innovation Center. The panelists and audience were assembled to hear the pitches made by three young men currently enrolled in an aspiring entrepreneurs program and competing as finalists for the right to create their own business. Throughout the event, program participants were given constructive criticism along with encouragement and support for their efforts toward realizing their ultimate goals to become business owners.
Sheriff Tompkins attended a wonderful night of music and culture at the opening of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series. Presented by IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Berklee College of Music and the Boston City Parks & Recreation Dept., the Tito Puente Latin Music Series features live outdoor concerts of Latin music Thursday nights in July and August at locations throughout the city. For more information on the series, check out IBA Boston.
Sheriff Tompkins joined Cape Verdean elected officials across New England as they welcomed President Jorge Carlos Fonseca to Massachusetts. He expressed his gratitude for being invited to join fellow elected officials and community members in attendance, and thanked "the entire Cape Verdean delegation both here and abroad for their tireless commitment to their communities. Obrigado!".
Sheriff Tompkins meet with supporters, friends, and members of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee. The Sheriff offered special thanks to his great friends Josh Zakim and Lucy Rivera, for introducing him to new friends and providing the chance to have meaningful conversations with special people.