Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Fox Attacks Woman in Mahopac

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a woman in Mahopac was attacked by a fox on Saturday, August 5th.

The woman was in the yard of her home on Agor Lane in Mahopac at about 5:45 p.m. on Saturday when a gray fox emerged from nearby woods and attacked her. The animal bit her on the left ankle and clawed her right ankle and foot, drawing blood.

Florida Man Facing Drug Charge in Carmel

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Florida man on a drug possession charge in Carmel.

Connecticut Man Charged With Unlicensed Operation

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Connecticut man on a charge of unlicensed operation.

On July 23, 2017 at approximately 12:15 a.m., Mr. Eli Post, 35, of New Milford, Connecticut, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree. A deputy had stopped Mr. Post after observing him commit a traffic violation on US Route 6, in the Town of Southeast, and subsequently determined that the man held a suspended license.

Sheriff Smith in Hospital


In response to inquiries from the public and media, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is providing this information concerning the hospitalization of Sheriff Donald B. Smith.

New Sheriff's Office Motorcycle Dedicated to Memory of Mark R. Gilmore:

members of the  Putnam County Sheriff's Office Motorcycle Unit, with new motorcycleDeputy William Verrastro (left) and Deputy Anthony Tolve (right), members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Unit, with new motorcycle dedicated to the memory of deceased Senior Investigator Mark R. Gilmore.-Photo courtesy of Sheriff’s Office.

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his office has dedicated a new patrol motorcycle to the memory of Mark R. Gilmore, who was the Sheriff’s Senior Investigator in charge of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit at the time of his death on March 1, 2017. He died at age 54 from a heart attack suffered while off-duty.

Senior Investigator Gilmore also served as a motorcycle officer during his 28-year career in the Sheriff’s Office. “In recognition of Mark’s devotion to duty as a motor officer over the years, as well as his life-long personal love for riding, we thought it most fitting to memorialize Mark by emblazoning his name and badge number on the new motorcycle,” said the Sheriff.

The motorcycle was unveiled on Saturday, July 22nd, at a fundraising event held to benefit Sr. Inv. Gilmore’s widow, Amy, and his daughter Mattingly, and also to benefit Deputy Sheriff Michael Schmidt and his family. Deputy Schmidt, who has served as the Youth & Community Services Officer for the Sheriff’s Office, is battling a rare form of cancer. The event, organized by the Sheriff’s Office PBA, was a barbecue held at the Patterson Fire Department grounds that was attended by many Sheriff’s Office employees and their families, as well as a number of police officers from various area departments and other supporters.

Sheriff Warns of Recent Scam Phone Calls

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is warning area merchants of a telephone scam which has been detected recently in Putnam County.

Drunken Driving Arrests Recorded by Sheriff's Office

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the Sheriff’s Office recorded three drunken driving arrests in June. The arrests occurred in Carmel, Patterson and.

Sheriff Smith Receives the FBI National Academy's John Fahy Award

Sheriff Smith receives award while Undersheriff Boscia looks onL to R: Undersheriff Paul Boscia, NYPD Lieutenant William Carbone and Sheriff Donald Smith

Sheriff Smith and NYPD Chief Mike Shea have been selected to receive the the FBI National Academy Associates 2018 John Fahy Award for their humanitarianism through out their careers.

In 2006 the FBI National Academy Associate, New York State/E. Canada Chapter chose to officially honor Inspector Fahy with the creation of an award committee consisting of non-Board Members dedicated to selecting outstanding nominees for the JOHN FAHY MEMORIAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD.

To Qualify for the Award: Nominees must meet the following criteria: The person embodies a high moral character and demonstrates exemplary performance in law enforcement; Performs an act or engages in sustained conduct consistent with the demeanor of a selfless person who is dedicated to improving the condition of humankind and often makes sacrifices to benefit the greater good, without expectation of acknowledgement; Makes significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. These contributions may consist of, by are not limited to: volunteerism in organizations, participating in a specific community project, unpaid service on committees, youth service programs, religious groups, etc.; or, Any act of volunteerism that would bring honor on the law enforcement community in general, and in particular, the F.B.I. National Academy.

Deputy Anthony Tolve Graduates Motorcycle School

Deputy Anthony Tolve Deputy Billy Verrastro and Undersheriff Paul BosciaDeputy Anthony Tolve is congratulated by Undersheriff Paul Boscia while motorcycle instructor Deputy Billy Verrastro looks on.

Congratulations to Deputy Sheriff Anthony Tolve who graduated as Top Rider at the Yonkers Police Department Motorcycle school. The ceremony was held at the Yonkers Police Department 1st Precinct. Certificates were presented by Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.

Yonkers Police Department Traffic Division Motorcycle Unit hosts a two week motorcycle safety school for law enforcement agencies throughout the region including Putnam, Westchester and Connecticut. Principles of proper breaking and turning are covered in this school. Members of the public are also encouraged to be aware of increased motorcycle usage in the warm weather on our area roadways.

Sheriff's Sergeant Graduates From FBI National Academy

Sergeant Timothy KeithSergeant Timothy Keith

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the graduation of Sheriff’s Sergeant Timothy Keith from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on June 7, 2017.

Sergeant Keith, who is a supervisor in the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and a K-9 handler, was among 228 law enforcement officials hailing from 47 states and the District of Columbia, 24 foreign nations, five branches of the United States military and seven federal civilian agencies who attended the 268th Session of the Academy. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony, held at the Virginia campus.

Internationally renowned for its academic excellence, the FBI National Academy is a ten-week program of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training. Admission to the Academy is highly selective, with candidates nominated by their agencies to attend based upon the officer’s proven record of law enforcement service. Less than one percent of America’s law enforcement officials, and an even smaller percentage of nominees applying from other countries, are selected to attend the program. Since the inception of the Academy in 1935, the Academy has turned out some 50,141 graduates from the U.S. and abroad.


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