Suffolk’s newest undersheriff
Kevin T. Catalina

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Suffolk’s newest undersheriff

Story By: STAFF WRITER
7/12/2018


SUFFOLK COUNTY—Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. announced last week that he has chosen Kevin T. Catalina as Suffolk County’s new undersheriff.  Catalina, who is presently the deputy chief and commanding officer of the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Bureau, Operational and Analytical Section, will assume the position at the Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 1.  Among his responsibilities will be the Sheriff’s Office’s Gang Intelligence Unit and oversight of the Deputy Sheriffs and Training Academy.   Toulon performed an extensive search for his new undersheriff and chose Catalina based on his highly successful career at the NYPD and for his expertise in anti-gang violence strategies, gang suppression and counterterrorism operations.  

In announcing the appointment, Toulon issued the following statement: “During my six months in office, I was searching for the very best talent to help me lead the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office into the future, and we are very fortunate that Kevin has accepted the position of undersheriff.  He is a resident of Long Island and knows our communities well, but he also brings a high level of expertise from the NYPD that will help drive innovation and reduce crime in Suffolk County.”

Throughout his 26-year career at the NYPD, Catalina held a range of positions related to counterterrorist operations and investigations, logistical planning and site security.  As the commanding officer of the NYPD Gang Division from 2014-2016, he developed and implemented all gang investigative and suppression strategies utilized throughout New York City.  He is recognized as a subject-matter expert in gang violence and crime reduction strategies, and pioneered an initiative in the South Bronx that resulted in a 40 percent reduction in shooting incidents.   

“I’m both honored and excited to be joining Sheriff Toulon’s team. During a long career with the NYPD, I’ve seen firsthand the ways in which gangs and drugs can ravage a community. I’m looking forward to implementing some of the successful strategies we used in NYC to help make Suffolk County an even safer place to live,” stated Catalina.

Undersheriff Steven Kuehhas will remain at the Sheriff’s Office in his current capacity.  “Steve Kuehhas is a consummate professional and a great asset to the organization,” stated Toulon.  

Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2016, Kuehhas worked at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where he was responsible for overseeing all criminal prosecutions in Suffolk’s five East End towns.  He is a well-known lecturer on policing and legal issues and an adjunct professor in criminal justice at Suffolk Community College.  In 2015, he was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.