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…

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.

Sheriff Smith Backs Legal Challenge to State Gun Control Law


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that he has joined his fellow Sheriffs in the New York State Sheriffs’ Association in an amicus curiae brief filed in support of a lawsuit challenging the New York State Secure Firearms and Ammunition Enforcement Act (“the NY SAFE Act”). The Sheriffs’ Association has joined with several other law enforcement groups in the “friend of the court” brief, filed in support of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Cuomo, which is currently in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. The brief bolsters the litigants’ arguments that the Act is unlawful on Second Amendment and other legal grounds, while offering the unique perspective of law enforcement on this issue.

Sheriff Smith was the President of the Sheriffs’ Association in January when the Association spoke out against the law and wrote to Governor Cuomo requesting that the Act be revised, citing several provisions in the Act that the lawmen believe will make New Yorkers less safe. Sheriff Smith, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Sheriffs’ Association, has said that “the so-called ‘SAFE Act’ should actually be called the ‘Not So Safe Act’ because there are many provisions in the Act that put our citizens at risk.”

Sheriff Warns of Two New Scams Surfacing in Putnam County

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his department has received information concerning two new scams being perpetrated in Putnam County.

Putnam is Safest County in State for Third Straight Year

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the latest crime statistics released today on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) website, reflect that Putnam County remains the safest county in New York State.

According to the annual DCJS report entitled “County Index Crime Counts and Rates Per 100,000 Population” for 2012, Putnam County had the lowest total index crime rate among all counties in New York State for the third year in a row.


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