Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Sheriff Issues Statement on the Passing of James O'neill


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith issues the following statement regarding the death of Mr. James O’Neill of East Fishkill, and formerly of Lake Carmel, on July 17, 2016:

“The men and women of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility mourn the death of James O’Neill and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife Kathy, his son James Jr., and the entire O’Neill family.

“Jimmy served in the NYPD and retired as detective squad supervisor. He was President of the FOP Stephen P. Driscoll Lodge in Putnam County. In fact, he was the driving force in establishing a new Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in the memory of fallen 9/11 NYPD Officer Stephen P. Driscoll.

ID Thieves Divert Victims' Emails and Phone Calls to Cover Thefts

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is warning residents to be on guard against identity thieves who are exploiting the call-forwarding feature on victims’ phones and accessing their email accounts to conceal their thefts. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating about a half-dozen complaints from residents in the Brewster and Patterson areas who apparently have fallen victims to the scheme.

Kent Man Charged With Criminal Contempt

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Town of Kent man on a charge of criminal contempt.

Kent Man Faces Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Town of Kent man on drug charges.

Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Town of Carmel Police Department Coordinate in Fourth of July STOP-DWI Action

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Carmel Police Department Chief Michael Cazzari report that their departments will coordinate increased patrols for drunk drivers along area roadways over the Fourth of July weekend. The stepped up patrols are the latest action in ongoing efforts aimed at deterring intoxicated or impaired driving and is part of a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort.

Sheriff Joins in Clarion Call to Secure Nation's Borders

Protect the American People From Terrorists, International Criminals and Drugs by Securing Our Nation’s Borders
Donald B. Smith
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Sheriff of Putnam County, New York
June 30, 2016

This week’s jihadist suicide bombing in Istanbul, coming close on the heels of the ISIS-inspired massacre in Orlando and other recent mass casualty attacks, should be a warning to the world. The situation is going to get much worse before it gets any better. The United States and other countries in the crosshairs of terrorism are going to be victimized by even more attacks in the months and years ahead.

I just spent several days with my colleagues at the National Sheriffs’ Association Conference in Minneapolis, studying and sharing information on critical law enforcement issues including international and domestic terrorism, radicalization and the national epidemic of narcotics-related deaths. We conducted after-action reviews and discussions about the recent terrorist threats and attacks, and concluded there was more to come. The tragedy in Istanbul confirmed what we had predicted.

The issue of border security was a frequent topic of discussion. Featured speaker philanthropist Howard Buffett offered his view that securing our nation’s borders is not and never has been an immigration issue. It is a matter of national security, keeping out terrorists and drug traffickers who wish to prey on Americans and harm our way of life. Mr. Buffett made the case that border issues affect not only the sheriffs in border states, but law enforcement throughout the country. “International criminal organizations have claimed space in every county across the country,” he said. “They are not in Afghanistan; they are in Atlanta. They are not in Syria; they are in Chicago. They are not in Yemen; they are in Los Angeles. They are here now.”

Southeast Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Town of Southeast man following an investigation into heroin sales in the county. In February, a deputy assigned to the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) developed information that a male subject was selling heroin from a residence in Southeast.

Warrant Sweep Nets Eleven Arrests

Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces the arrests of eleven (11) wanted individuals during a “warrant sweep” conducted by his department on June 23, 2016. The purpose of the sweep was to apprehend numerous individuals who were wanted by the PCSD pursuant to outstanding arrest warrants issued by local justice courts on a variety of criminal charges. Two of the defendants were wanted by other agencies. All defendants were arraigned by Town of Kent Justice Kevin Douchkoff on behalf of the respective courts, except where indicated.

Two Arrested During Traffic Stop

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the recent arrests of two young women on misdemeanor charges resulting from a traffic stop.

Putnam Kids to Attend Sheriffs' Summer Camp

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that 16 children from Putnam County will be attending the 2016 Summer Camp Program from June 26th through July 2nd.

The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is provided by The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute. The camp program is designed to provide a solid recreational experience combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship. This will mark the 39th year of the operation of the camp.


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