Vincent F. DeMarco, Sheriff of Suffolk County, New York
Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco is a lifelong resident of Suffolk County. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from St. John’s University in 1991 and he began his distinguished career as a Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff in 1994. On November 8, 2005, DeMarco was elected to the position of Sheriff of Suffolk County. On January 1, 2006, he was sworn in and became the first uniformed member of the Sheriff’s Office to be elected Sheriff and one of the youngest Sheriffs ever elected in Suffolk County. Throughout his tenure, he has made working with children and teens a priority of his Administration and believes that through education, young people will be less likely to become involved in unsafe situations and criminal activity. In 2011, he launched the Sheriff’s Youth Reentry Task Force, bringing together a diverse group of leaders in the public and non-profit sectors to tackle the problem of inmate recidivism among youth under the age of twenty-one. The program seeks to instill young inmates with discipline, provide mentoring opportunities and forge connections to appropriate community-based organizations. The program received national recognition in June 2013 when it was granted an Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties.
Since 2008, Sheriff DeMarco has implemented a rigorous traffic enforcement policy and numerous public awareness campaigns to improve highway safety. The Sheriff’s Office has performed aerial patrols to combat aggressive driving, implemented Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS) mobile technology to streamline ticketing paperwork and improve reporting to the courts and New York State, and now utilizes specially trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) to perform extensive evaluations of individuals suspected of driving under the influence of drugs. Under Sheriff DeMarco's leadership, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office was awarded first place in The National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) traffic safety awards program in 2012. This highly regarded competition recognizes law enforcement agencies throughout the United States for their outstanding effectiveness in reducing traffic injuries, detecting and deterring crime and saving lives. The New York State Sheriff's Association also honored the agency for its excellence in traffic safety performance during the years 2012 and 2013. In 2013, Sheriff DeMarco was appointed to the Traffic Safety Committee of the National Sheriff's Association.
The innovative use of technology has been a hallmark of Vincent F. DeMarco’s tenure as Sheriff and the results have been impressive. Technological improvements and policy initiatives have made Suffolk County roadways safer, while saving the county’s taxpayers millions of dollars since he took office in 2006.
Sheriff DeMarco is married and the father of two children.