Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Sheriff SmithDonald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff

Donald B. Smith is the 53rd Sheriff of Putnam County. He was elected to this position on November 6, 2001 and assumed the duties of Putnam County Sheriff on January 1, 2002. Immediately prior to becoming the Sheriff of Putnam County, he had served as the Deputy County Executive of Putnam County.

Sheriff Smith was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and grew up in Patterson, New York. Following his graduation from New York Military Academy at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, New York in 1965, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in June of 1969, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor. continue reading Sherif Smith’s bio…

New York State Parks and Sheriff's Office to Launch New Patrol Boat

Commissioner Rose Harvey of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are pleased to announce the launch of a new Sheriff’s Office patrol boat. State Parks and the Sheriff’s Office have entered into an intergovernmental agreement whereby the State is providing the boat to the County for use in marine law enforcement and boating safety operations.

Sheriff: Putnam County Schools Open – Drive Carefully

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is reminding motorists in the county to exercise extra care during the morning and afternoon commutes as area schools open for the new academic year.

Sheriff's School Resource Officer Receives Prestigious National Award

Deputy Corinne Pitt and Sheriff Donald B. Smith Deputy Corinne Pitt and Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is pleased to announce that Deputy Sheriff Corinne Pitt, the school resource officer assigned to Putnam Valley Middle and High Schools, was recently honored by the National Association of School Resource Officers for her excellence in maintaining a school resource officer program.

Deputy Pitt, an eight year veteran with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, recently attended the annual school resource officer training conference at Orlando, Florida and was presented with a plaque in front of more than 1000 other school resource officers from throughout the United States and Guam. The award she received recognizes Deputy Pitt “for her contribution and dedication to the school resource officer program and many children, parents and faculty members of the community and school.”

Before joining the ten other certified school resource officers at the sheriff’s office, Deputy Pitt was assigned to the uniformed Patrol Division. She was also assigned to various other specialized details. She is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University where she obtained a BA in Environmental Science.

Sheriff Smith Promotes Vincent Martin to Rank of Captain

Captain Vincent Martin and Sheriff Donald B. Smith Captain Vincent Martin and Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the promotion of Vincent Martin to the rank of Captain in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Captain Martin, a 25 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office started his illustrious career as a corrections officer at the Putnam County Correctional Facility. He later became a deputy sheriff working as a uniformed deputy assigned to the Patrol Division. Interested in the youth of Putnam County, Captain Martin served as a school resource officer assigned to Carmel High School and was an advisor with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Cadet program until being appointed to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation as a criminal investigator. Prior to this promotion, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Investigator supervising the department’s Identification and Forensics Unit until his most recent promotion on July 22nd.

Captain Martin recently attended the Leadership in Police Organizations school sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Captain Martin commands the department’s Operations and Communications Division. He oversees the workings of the Sheriff’s Office communications center, develops strategic plans relating to special events, and coordinates multi-agency law operations. He is also tasked with being the liaison between the Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County’s Bureau of Emergency Services and 9-1-1 Center.

Sheriff Alerts Public to Microsoft Internet Scam

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is alerting the public to a recently discovered Internet scams.

Sheriff's Sergeant Graduates From FBI National Academy

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Sheriff’s Sergeant William Meyer has graduated from the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.

MTA Police Officials Honor Putnam County Sheriff’s Office

photo taken at the MTA K-9 graduationL-R MTA Chief Michael R. Coan, Chief A. Gerald Schramek, MTA Lt. John Kerwick

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department has honored Sheriff Donald B. Smith, Chief Investigator A. Gerald Schramek and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for their support of the MTA Canine Unit program.

On Friday, June 14th, the MTA Police Department held graduation ceremonies at Vanderbilt Hall, located inside the historic Grand Central Terminal for eight newly trained MTA explosive detection canines and their police officer handlers. The academy class began fourteen weeks ago, just a few months after the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. Because MTA canine units are routinely requested to help other law enforcement agencies in times of emergencies, they thought it was important to expose their canines to a school environment. Lieutenant John Kerwick, Executive Officer of the department’s canine units, reached out to the Sheriff’s Office for help in securing a school building for the academy training.

Sheriff Praises Deputy and 9-1-1 Dispatcher for Team Effort In Delivery of Baby

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith praised the team effort by Deputy John Kerwick and 9-1-1 Dispatcher Robyn Tricinelli in assisting in the birth of a baby girl in a motor vehicle on Wednesday, June 5th.

Dispatcher Tricinelli of Putnam County’s 9-1-1 Center was on duty when she received a call from a woman who advised her that her son and daughter-in-law were traveling on I-84 in Southeast enroute to Putnam Hospital Center because the woman occupant was in labor.

Putnam Deputy Sheriff Assists In Delivery of Baby

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that on Wednesday, June 5th, Deputy John Kerwick assisted in the delivery of a healthy baby girl in a motor vehicle.

Traffic Safety Awareness Initiative in Putnam County

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Putnam County law enforcement agencies will be teaming up this summer in an effort of reducing traffic crashes, especially those involving motorcycles.


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