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 Sheriffs Declare Position On New State Gun Laws


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that he and his fellow sheriffs in the New York State Sheriffs’ Association (NYSSA) have issued a joint position paper regarding the several gun laws recently enacted by the state. Sheriff Smith, who is also the President of the NYSSA and the Chairman of its Legislative Committee, said the position paper was drafted this week during at a NYSSA conference in Albany, attended by 52 of the state’s 58 sheriffs, and was sent to the governor’s office. Copies of the position paper and the NYSSA letter to the governor can be downloaded here.

“The 52 sheriffs at this week’s conference analyzed and weighed-in on the several newly enacted state laws, ” said Sheriff Smith, “and that brought well over a thousand years of collective law enforcement experience to bear in that analysis. ” As is stated more fully in the position paper, the Sheriffs expressed support for several of the new laws but voiced concerns that some of the laws were either impractical, of questionable constitutionality, or would tend to reduce rather than enhance the safety of law-abiding citizens.

Sheriff Increases Patrols For New Year's Eve

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his department is preparing to usher in 2013 by increasing uniformed marked patrols and stepped up enforcement during the New Year’s Eve celebration period.

Officials Dispel False Violence Rumors at Four Putnam County High Schools

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his office, working today in conjunction with school officials, investigated and dispelled false rumors of impending violence at four high schools in the County.

Putnam Officials to Meet on School Safety

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Putnam County law enforcement leaders, school district administrators and other local government officials will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Sheriff’s Office to discuss security issues at schools and other public facilities, in the wake of the violence that occurred last Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown, Connecticut.

Security Increased at Putnam Schools and Public Facilities Following Newtown Tragedy

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that security procedures have been enhanced at schools and other pubic facilities in Putnam County following the tragic violence that occurred last Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown, Connecticut. The Sheriff emphasized that the increased security efforts are being implemented solely as a precaution and not in response to any specific threats.

Community Action Program Needs Help In Toy Drive to Provide Christmas Gifts to Underprivileged Youngsters

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith requests the assistance of the citizens of Putnam County in supporting the Putnam Community Action Program Annual Toy Drive, which is currently underway. As in the past, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Cadets are assisting with the collection of donated toys and other gifts for needy children in Putnam County.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Participating In Statewide Donation Drive For Hurricane Sandy Victims


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that, although it has been almost three weeks since Hurricane Sandy struck, the need for relief of its victims remains great. Many people still have no habitable home or are without heat, adequate food or other basic necessities. As Thanksgiving approaches, Sheriff Smith, the President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, is joining with his fellow sheriffs in announcing a donation drive to collect most needed items for the people of New York City, Long Island, and the surrounding New York counties that were severely impacted by the storm.

The donation drive is part of a statewide effort organized by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association in cooperation with the Salvation Army. Sheriffs’ offices around the state will collect donations of essential items during Thanksgiving week and the Sheriffs’ Association will coordinate delivery of the supplies to the Salvation Army for distribution to those in need.

Sheriff Warns Storm-Struck Residents To Be Wary of Scams in Hurricane’s Wake

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is alerting area residents, who may be reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, to be on guard against potential scams that may follow in the wake of the storm.

Sheriff Smith noted that opportunistic con-artists and thieves have exploited past calamities, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, to defraud people who are rendered distracted or desperate during such times. “The scam-artists approach people who are in need of aid, such as home repairs or monetary support, and they promise them a helping hand–but then they rip them off, ” said the Sheriff.

Sheriff Smith Joins New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, State Officials, Local Law Enforcement And Victims’ Advocates To Unveil Technology To Keep Victims Of Domestic Violence, Other Crimes Safe


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute have announced a new program, implemented in partnership with New York State, that will allow individuals who have been granted Family Court orders of protection to register to receive alerts when those orders are served.

The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Network-New York (SAVIN-NY) system allows victims of domestic violence and other crimes to register through NY-ALERT ( to receive notifications of service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via text message, e-mail, fax, automated phone call, web query or iAlertz, a free application for the iPhone or iPad.

Sheriff Announces Cadet Recruitment

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is now accepting applications for the 23rd session of The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Cadet Program.

The Cadet Program provides young people with the opportunity to learn firsthand about the law enforcement profession. After completing a training academy, cadets are permitted to ride along with Deputy Sheriffs on patrol and assist with many community events in Putnam County.


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