Sheriff Donald B. Smith


Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Sheriff Urges Federal and State Leaders Not to Cut Funding for High School Program

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that he is urging leaders in federal and state government to restore funding reductions slated for the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Program at Brewster High School.

Sheriff Smith on the Sean Hannity Show

Sheriff’s Patrols To Be On Lookout For Intoxicated Drivers On St. Patrick’s Day

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home from holiday festivities and not to get behind the wheel after drinking. The Sheriff reports that sheriff’s deputies on patrol will be on high alert on the holiday, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the statewide public safety campaign dubbed “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The usual number of sheriff’s patrols will be increased on the holiday, with attention focused on spotting and arresting intoxicated drivers.

New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute Conducting Honorary Membership Drive

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Putnam County next week.

Although the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, which might otherwise be unavailable or impractical to provide on an individual county basis.

Sheriff to Host Bank Robbery Prevention Seminar

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is inviting merchants and those affiliated with area banking institutions to a half-day seminar entitled, “Bank Robbery - Crimes Against Financial Institutions.”

New York State Sheriffs Declare Position On New State Gun Laws

SHERIFFS SUPPORT SOME NEW REGULATIONS BUT EXPRESS CONCERNS ABOUT EFFECTIVENESS, CONSTITUTIONALITY OF OTHERS

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.

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