Sheriff Robert L. Langley Jr.

Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr.Robert L. Langley Jr.
Putnam County Sheriff

Robert L. Langley, Jr, the 55th Putnam County Sheriff, is committed to Putnam County and has built his life around public service. He was raised in Carmel and graduated from the Mahopac Central School District. He makes his home on a small farm in Garrison with his wife, Lydia JA Langley, and is the founder and president of a private security company serving commercial and residential clients.

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K9 Satch
It’s time for #K9Friday and @pcso_k9satch is ready to skid steer into the weekend! Who wants to be his co-pilot? #putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #sheriffK9 #malinois #bringtreats
PC6
Hello #flashbackfriday! Circa 1980’s
Sergeant Anthony Edwards preparing to saddle his 1979 Plymouth Volare Pursuit package patrol unit. Sergeant Edwards served the people of Putnam County with pride and dedication and brought not only the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department to the forefront of technology but changed police reporting national by implementing the use of computers during their infancy for police reports. Anthony Edwards would to this day be a tremendous asset not only to the Sheriff’s Department but to our community due to his passion and knowledge in the communications and reporting systems of emergency services. #putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #putnamhistoryny #plymouthvolare #policecar #vintagecar
Unit 212
#throwbackthursday Circa 1989. The Deputy driving Unit 212 was about to take his dinner break at Papa John’s. Stopped on Route 9 waiting for north bound traffic to pass so he could make a left turn, this patrol unit was suddenly struck and thrown forward as the vehicle that struck it passed on the right and went off the shoulder. The Deputy suffer neck and back injuries, but returned to work a day later. We have always been (and will continue to be!) #putnamstrong! #putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #roadpatrol
Half Staff
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Center lowered their flags to half-mast/half-staff in memory of those who have been lost to the Corona Virus/COVID-19, both in Putnam County, New York, and beyond. Every life is precious. May their memories be a blessing. #putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #weareallinthistogether
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#FlashbackFriday
Circa 1996 a representative of the United States Marshall’s Service is seen here presenting Sheriff Robert D. Thoubboron of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and County Executive Robert Bondi with a check for the housing of federal inmates. This was the first payment received by the US Marshalls for housing their inmates here in Putnam County. To this day we continue this relationship with our Federal partners. Stay safe folks and enjoy the weekend. #putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #putnamhistory #usmarshalls
permit postponed
For everyone’s safety and protection, we will be postponing all pistol permit fingerprinting process until further notice.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation!
#putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #pistolpermits

Happy Flag Day

Flag Day

Happy Flag Day!

Some history courtesy of wiki: In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” This design was created by Francis Hopkinson, a Continental Congressman from New Jersey and a consultant to the design of the Great Seal of the United States.

The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.[4][5]

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; on August 3, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110 is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the president’s discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale. New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday. Go to Wiki to read the rest and enjoy this beautiful day!

#putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #flagday2020 #oldglory

K9 Flash

Flash

Middletown man Charged With Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

–The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in their continued partnership with the Homeland Security arrested a sexual predator who was exploiting 13-year-old children–
–This was the result of an extensive joint investigation involving multiple agencies extending as far as Texas–
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#putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #multiagencycooperation
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(Press Release from Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York below and continues in comments)
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Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Office of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), announced today the arrest of JONATHAN WEISS, a/k/a “Ian_Jameson.” WEISS is charged with communicating with three different underage victims online and directing them to take sexually explicit images and send them to WEISS. WEISS was arrested this morning and presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy in Manhattan federal court and detained.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Jonathan Weiss’s alleged crimes are abhorrent and predatory. Using a common social media app, Weiss allegedly sexually exploited three 13-year-olds. We will continue to work with our partners at Homeland Security Investigations to vigorously investigate and prosecute defendants who prey on children.”

HSI Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh said: “Jonathan Weiss allegedly posed as a minor and directed his teenage victims to take and send sexually explicit photographs to him through Snapchat. It is horrific for anyone to prey on our most vulnerable. HSI New York’s Child Exploitation Investigation Unit is resolute in the pursuit of alleged predators lurking within our communities, and we will continue to work with our partners in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to protect our community from predators seeking to pull them into their dark, evil world.”
According to the Complaint[1] filed yesterday in White Plains federal court and unsealed today:
In September 2019, WEISS, a/k/a “Ian_Jameson,” communicated online via Snapchat with a 13-year-old minor (“Victim-1”) and directed Victim-1 to take and send sexually explicit photographs of Victim-1 to WEISS. WEISS engaged in the same type of activity with another 13-year-old minor (“Victim-2”) in August 2019 and a third 13-year-old minor (“Victim-3”) in May 2020.
During his communications with his victims, WEISS utilized the Snapchat screen name “Ian_Jameson” and posed as a minor. WEISS allegedly told Victim-1 that if she did not send more nude pictures to WEISS, he would send the pictures she had already sent to others. In response to the threats to send her pictures to others, Victim-1 “blocked” “Ian_Jameson” on Snapchat. Shortly thereafter, people began telling her that they had received her nude images.
There may be more victims of this alleged conduct. If you have information to report, contact Homeland Security Investigations through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around-the-clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing-impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.
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WEISS, 29, of Middletown, New York, is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, each carrying a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The statutory maximum sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Mr. Berman praised the efforts of Homeland Security Investigations, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Orange Park, Florida, and the Longview Police Department in Longview, Texas, in connection with this investigation. He added that the investigation is ongoing.
The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant United States Attorney Marcia S. Cohen is in charge of the prosecution.
The charges in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Timely Advice From the Putnam County SPCA

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Thanks Rabbi Abe

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Many thanks to @rabbiabefriedman for bringing such a delicious feast for the members of the Department. While everything was tasty, the rugelach was a crowd favorite! And have a look at the handmade embroidered Sheriff face masks that were given to us. We always enjoy our visits with Rabbi Abe and are grateful for his continued friendship. #putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #policechaplains #community

Congratulations to Police Academy Graduates

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A private ceremony was held yesterday for the graduates of the 149th session of the Westchester County Police Academy. We are especially proud of Deputy Sheriff Corey Berke of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department who will soon be hitting the streets and serving the people of Putnam County. We would like to extend congratulations to the Town of Carmel Police Department and their graduates Police Officer Vincent Desatola and Police Officer Arthur Kloskowski who will be proudly serving the Town of Carmel. Congratulations! #putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #carmelNY #LEO

A Message From Sheriff Langley Regarding Personnel Information

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“It has come to my attention that there has been false information being disseminated in Social Media about me. It has been alleged that I, as Putnam County Sheriff, will be providing to the Putnam County Legislators, at tonight’s Protective Services meeting, the addresses and names of the Deputies of my office. This is absolutely false. To the contrary, some members of the legislature and other members of county government want to have unfettered access the personnel records of the members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. To this date I have stood my ground protecting those records and do not support the repeal of section 50a of the NY State Civil Rights Law. I have stood before the legislature more than once on the record in public meetings opposing access to personnel records as some members persist to have those records released. I will continue to oppose the release of these records while working with the PBA to protect the rights of the women and men of the PCSD along with the rights of those in Putnam County.” Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr.

#putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY @ Putnam County Sheriff’s Department

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Transcript of memo as follows:

MEMORANDUM

Date: April 17, 2020

To: Legislator Paul E. Jonke
Chairman Protective Services Committee

From: Lisa Ortolano
Captain Civil Division Putnam County Sheriff’s Office

Re: Protective Services Committee Meeting April 15th - Civil Rights Law 50-a

This memorandum is in response to your memorandum, dated April 16, 2020, addressed to Sheriff Robert L. Langley Jr. In that memorandum you requested the citation to a case “involving Westchester County and the sharing of personnel records from the Sheriff’s Department.” The case the Sheriff was referring to is Matter of Certain Police Officers to Quash a So-Ordered Subpoena Duces Tecum, 2020 WL 913791. In that case, the Court granted a motion to quash the District Attorney’s subpoena for “any and all personnel records, including but not limited to all administrative, personnel or civilian complaints, and records of discipline.” The Court held that since the District Attorney did not adhere to the requirements of Civil Rights Law 50-a, the motion to quash the District Attorney’s subpoena, made by the PBA on behalf of certain Police Officers, was granted.

At the April 15, 2020 Protective Services Committee meeting the Legislative Attorney stated in sum and substance that the Legislature is “entitled” to the disciplinary records of the Deputies of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s position is that the Legislature does not have the absolute power to review the personnel files and any disciplinary records contain therein.

It is long standing law that disciplinary records and decisions “are quintessential ‘personnel records’ protected by Civil Rights Law § 50 - a.” New York Civil Liberties Union v. New York City Police Dep’t, 32 N.Y.3d 556, 564, 118 N.E.3d 847, 851 - 52 (2018). Civil Rights Law 50-a (1) states as follows:

“All personnel records used to evaluate performance toward continued employment or promotion, under the control of any police agency or department of the state … and such personnel records under the control of a sheriff’s department or a department of correction of individuals employed as corrections officers …. shall be considered confidential and not subject to inspection or review without the express written consent of such police officer, … correction officer or peace officer … except as may be mandated by lawful court order.”

Thus, generally, personnel records of a Deputy cannot be released without either consent of the Deputy or by Court Order. However, as noted by the Legislative Attorney, there are exceptions to this rule found in Civil Rights Law 50-a (4) which states as follows: “The provisions of this section shall not apply to any district attorney or his assistants, the attorney general or his deputies or assistants, a county attorney or his deputies or assistants, a corporation counsel or his deputies or assistants, a town attorney or his deputies or assistants, a village attorney or his deputies or assistants, a grand jury, or any agency of government which requires the records described in subdivision one, in the furtherance of their official functions.”

This provision, however, does not grant absolute power to obtain confidential personnel files and information. It has been held that Civil Rights Law 50-a (4) does not confer “unrestricted and unfettered’ power. People v. D.N. 62 Misc. 3d 544, 89 N.Y.S.3d 568 (N.Y.Crim.Ct. 2018)

Therefore, before any information contained within a personnel file of a deputy may be turned over to any of the enumerated parties set forth in Civil Rights Law 50-a (4) it must be demonstrated that the requested documents are required “in the furtherance of their official functions.”

Furthermore, the Deputy has the absolute right to move to quash any legislative subpoena seeking such documents.

I thank you for your consideration. I am available if you wish to discuss this matter further.

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PSA - Lock Your Cars

Lock your car

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the residents of Putnam County about recent criminal activity that has been taking place in Putnam and surrounding counties.

Recently, several high-end vehicles have been stolen from driveways during the late night/early morning hours. In each instance, the perpetrators, believed to be individuals from out of state, searched for vehicles that were unlocked and contained the vehicle’s key fob. Typically, the thefts were not discovered until several hours after the vehicle(s) were driven away.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the thefts along with several other agencies from Westchester and Dutchess Counties.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to take necessary precautions to avoid being victimized; such as, locking all vehicles parked in your driveway, removing all valuables from within each vehicle and if possible, ensuring adequate driveway lighting.

Additionally, residents should not confront potential perpetrators as they should be considered armed and dangerous. If suspicious activity is observed, please call 911 immediately.

#putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #lockyourcars #goneinsixtyseconds

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We Remember Gary Pietropaolo, Gone Too Soon, 2018

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A great loss to all who knew him. RIP.

It’s with heavy hearts that we’ve been informed former University Police Officer Gary Pietropaolo succumbed to injuries he received in an off duty motorcycle accident.

Gary, a graduate of the Westchester County Police academy in 2011, worked for UPD for five years. In 2016 he transferred to the Town of Carmel Police Dept.

For those of us who had the chance to work and know Gary, he was a great officer and friend to all. We will miss Gary’s never ending smile, professionalism and caring attitude. His tenacity for Law Enforcement was unparalleled and admired by his peers. Our prayers are extended to his family and friends.

Rest easy, we’ll take it from here.

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