Reporting Crimes

If you have a complaint that requires immediate attention or you need to speak with a deputy, please call (845) 225-4300. DO NOT use this form to report crimes in progress. Messages received from this form are usually only read during normal business hours.

Sheriff Smith

If you are requesting that Sheriff Smith appear at a function, it is best to send a letter on your organization’s letterhead to:

Sheriff Donald B. Smith
Putnam County Sheriff’s Department
3 County Center
Carmel, NY 10512

Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) request

(police records request)

New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law §87 et. seq.) allows members of the public to access records of governmental agencies. FOIL provides a process for the review and copying of an agency’s records. More information about the Freedom of Information Law can be found at: The NY Department of State.

You can make requests via this Web site by:


If you are looking for employment information, The Putnam County Personnel Department posts exam notifications.

Requests for patches and other items

If you are a patch collector, please be advised that due to budgetary constraints the Sheriff’s Department does not ship patches. We will forward your request to members who have expressed an interest in trading patches. Whether or not they reply is beyond our control.

Pistol license information

Pistol License applications and Handgun Safety Course information can be found here.

Handgun Safety Course

Information can be found at the Handgun Safety Course page.
DO NOT use the form below to register for the course. It won’t work.

Good Conduct Letter

The form and instructions to obtain a good conduct letter cam be found here.