In 2014, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco organized law enforcement’s first Citizens Advisory Board in Suffolk’s history. The purpose of the Sheriff's Office Citizen Advisory Board is to collaboratively establish and implement programs to resolve conflict, concerns and issues regarding the Sheriff’s Office and the community it serves.
The Citizens Advisory Board:
- Makes recommendations to the Sheriff on Sheriff’s Office policies
- Establishes goals for improvements in services
- Includes a diverse membership; representatives from the religious and legal communities, a retired New York City Police Officer, a psychiatric social worker and a community activist who was also formally incarcerated.
- Work towards preserving and enhancing public trust in law enforcement
- Meets quarterly
The Board has:
- Conducted a sensitivity training program
- Reviewed the Office’s Internal Affairs and Public Visiting procedures
- Discussed and made recommendations concerning re-entry and rehabilitation initiatives
The Citizens Advisory Board is currently accepting new members. The Board meets approximately every 3-4 months during regular business hours. Meetings take place in the Sheriff’s Office in Yaphank and Riverhead. On occasion, Citizens Advisory Board members may represent the Board at public forums and events sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office. Board members must be residents of Suffolk County.
Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to:
Sheriff Vincent DeMarco
Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office
100 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901
Or via email to: Suffolk_Sheriff@suffolkcountyny.gov