Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Shane Reese Podcast

Recently, Sheriff Smith appeared on the Shane Reese Podcast discussing safety concerns of larger tractor-trailers on our highways.

Medication Take Back Day April 23rd

Putnam Communities That Care Coalition
Putnam County Department of Health
Putnam County Sheriff’s Department


Saturday April 23rd 2016 - 9AM to 2PM

Putnam Hospital Center
Wagner Cancer Pavilion
670 Stoneleigh Ave.
Carmel, NY 10512

New York State Counter Terrorism Zone - 3 "Operation Safeguard" Participation Continues With Holiday Security Checks

Since 2004, the goal of Operation Safeguard is to educate, promote and remind citizens that the threat of terrorism is ongoing and continued vigilance by the public, business sectors and law enforcement is essential for the public’s safety.

New York State is divided into sixteen counter-terrorism zones, Westchester and Putnam Counties are part of Counter-Terrorism Zone 3 (CTZ-3).

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Town of Carmel Police Department Teaming Up in STOP-DWI Action for St. Patrick’s Day

–Stepped-Up Enforcement Slated for March 17-20, 2016–

March 15, 2016: Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Carmel Police Department Chief Michael Cazzari report that their departments will be jointly coordinating increased patrols for drunk drivers along area roadways around the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The announcement of the stepped up patrols is aimed at deterring intoxicated or impaired driving and is part of a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort.

“Celebrating our diverse ethnic heritages is a wonderful thing that we do as Americans, and St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday for people of Irish ancestry to be sure,” said Chief Cazzari. “But all too often the festivities can result in some people drinking too much and then getting behind the wheel of a car–and that can result in tragedy,” he said.

Sheriff's Sergeant and Deputy Commended for Preventing Man's Suicide

Deputy Hunsberger, Sergeant Keith, Sheriff SmithDeputy Hunsberger, Sergeant Keith being congratulated by Sheriff Smith

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that he has officially commended a deputy sheriff and a sergeant for their actions in preventing a suicide. Sheriff Smith has conferred Sheriff’s Commendation Medals and uniform award ribbons upon Sergeant Timothy Keith and Deputy Sheriff Daniel Hunsberger for saving the life of a despondent 53-year-old man who tried to hang himself outside his Southeast residence on November 25, 2015. The awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office on February 16, 2016.

Back on the evening of November 25th of last year, Sgt. Keith and Deputy Hunsberger were dispatched to the man’s home after the Sheriff’s Office received a third-party request to check on his welfare. They pulled their patrol cars into the man’s driveway, and as they walked toward the home they encountered the man standing on a ladder alongside the garage, with a metal cable looped around his neck and attached to the garage roof. They tried to talk the man down, but he jumped off the ladder and began to be strangled by the cable noose.

Sergeant Keith and Deputy Hunsberger sprang instantly into action. They scrambled up the ladder and lifted and supported the man’s weight, even as he resisted and tried to push them away. Unable to loosen or cut the cable, the pair managed to use brute force to break a roof support to which the cable was attached. As the cable detached from the roof, all three men fell hard to the ground.

2016 Vessel Inspection Schedule

Sheriff Donald Smith invites Putnam County residents to have a voluntary vessel inspection done by one of his Deputies assigned to the Marine Unit. In an attempt to educate the community on safe boating, Deputies will advise boaters of the required safety equipment and boating regulations in New York State. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Marine Unit patrols Lake Mahopac, Oscawana Lake and the Hudson River.

Deputies will be performing inspections at:

2016 Boater Safety Course Schedule

Sheriff Donald Smith announces that a Boater Safety class will be offered on April 16th , 2016, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Bureau of Emergency Service Building, 110 Old Route 6, Carmel.

Jessie L. Brown

Jessie L. Brown

Indecent Exposure at Cold Spring Library

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Cold Spring Police Department are jointly investigating an incident of indecent exposure at the Butterfield Memorial Library in the Village. At about 1:00 PM on Monday, January 11th, a man reportedly exposed himself to a female patron inside the library, which is located at 10 Morris Avenue (Route 9D) in Cold Spring.

The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-twenties or early thirties, about 5’ 10’ tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a blue Nike sweatshirt with gray sleeves and gray sweatpants.

Investigators believe that the suspect may have recently committed similar incidents at other libraries in lower Dutchess County. Authorities are asking persons who have information about the suspect or his identity to call the Cold Spring Police Department at (845) 265-9111 or the Sheriff’s Office at (845) 225-4300. Calls will be kept confidential.

Angel Narvaez

Angel Narvaez
5' 5"

In Wake of Thefts, Sheriff Warns Residents to Lock Cars, Remove Valuables

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that upwards of 20 thefts of property from parked cars have been recorded by the Sheriff’s Office in the Towns of Putnam Valley and Southeast over the last two weeks. The common denominator in the majority of those incidents is that the cars had been left unlocked by their owners. The property stolen from the unlocked vehicles has included cash and credit cards, GPS devices and other electronics, and a variety of other items.


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by Dr. Radut