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…

Connecticut Man Faces Drug Possession Charge

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Connecticut man on a drug possession charge.

Route 312 Railroad Crossing Will Be Closed April 10th

Route 312 at the Railroad crossing will be closed from April 10th, 2015- 11:30PM until April 13th, 2015 – 4:00PM.

Message boards have been deployed and local businesses and residents have received a letter from the Brewster Fire Department. MTA Police will be on site 24/7 until the project is complete.

Sex Offender Charged in Southeast With Failure to Report His Whereabouts

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a registered sex offender has been arrested for failing to report where he was residing within the Town of Southeast.

Mr. William M. Deitz, aged 66, was arrested on Thursday, April 2nd, after he was found in an apartment at 2469 Route 6 in Southeast. Mr. Deitz, who is a registered “level 3” (high risk) sex offender, had last reported that he was living at the Henry Van Motel on Sodom Road in that town.

Dutchess County Man Faces Felony Larceny, Criminal Mischief Charges in 2011 Case

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of Nicholas A. Anderson, 22, of 22 Rendi Drive, Beacon, New York on charges of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, felonies.

Town of Southeast Man Faces Multiple Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Town of Southeast man on a variety of charges following a violent domestic dispute.

"Most Wanted" Carmel Man Arrested on Warrant, Drug Charges; Second Suspect Also Faces Drug Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a wanted subject who was recently profiled on the “Most Wanted” section of the Sheriff’s Department website.

Alexander Cruz, 38, of Route 6, Carmel was wanted on a Bench Warrant issued by the Town of Carmel Justice Court in late 2014 on a charge of grand larceny. The warrant was issued after the subject failed to appear in court to answer charges the Sheriff’s Department had filed against him for possessing and using a stolen credit card.

Putnam and Westchester Law Enforcers in Coordinated Counter-Terrorism Initiative


Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the Sheriff’s Office will be coordinating with other law enforcement agencies throughout Putnam and Westchester Counties to guard against any potential acts of terrorism during the upcoming Jewish Passover and Christian Easter celebrations.

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William Deitz

William Deitz

Putnam County Participates in Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Enforcement Effort

–Impaired Driving Crackdown conducted on St. Patrick’s Day–

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Putnam County police agencies participated in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving last week.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown action started on March 13th and ended on March 18th. Historically, the revelries and festivities marking St. Patrick’s Day have given rise to increased incidents of impaired driving and drinking related crashes, resulting in injuries and deaths on New York roadways. In an effort to deter DWI offenses around St. Patrick’s Day, the New York State Police, County Sheriffs, and local law enforcement agencies across the state were out in force last week, on the lookout for impaired drivers.

Sheriff Smith said that sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Kent Police Department combined to set up sobriety checkpoints at several different locations along Putnam County roads on St. Patrick’s Day evening, and screened dozens of motorists for signs of impairment. “The checkpoints were apparently effective in deterring impaired driving,” said the Sheriff, “because all the motorists screened were determined to be fit to drive.”

2015 Public Safety Day

10th Annual Children’s Safety Fair
2015 Safety Day

Saturday May 2nd, 2015, 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Located at the
Donald B. Smith Campus
112 Old Rt. 6
Carmel, Ny
map link

Rain Or Shine

  • Operation SAFE CHILD–Obtain a NYS SAFE CHILD card, with fingerprints and photo, an invaluable tool for law enforcement to help locate missing children
  • Car Seat Safety Checks
  • 9-1-1 Emergency Center Tours
  • Fire Engine Tours
  • NYSEG Live Line Demo
  • LifeNet Helicopter Demo
  • Food, games, live music and entertainment

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