Merchant Alert System

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is taking this opportunity to invite all Putnam County merchants to take part in the Putnam County Merchant Alert System

Developed in 2003, this crime prevention system was implemented at the request of the leadership of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce to help keep local businesses informed about law enforcement and criminal related matters important to the safety of their employees and customers. The Putnam County Merchant Alert System is designed to keep businesses informed about the current status of criminal activity against businesses in the County; provide crime prevention topics; and provide public service messages regarding law enforcement matters pertaining to businesses in the County.

This is an inter-active system that allows law enforcement and County businesses to inter-act in real time and has shown to be a positive step forward in Community Policing.

Participating businesses receive e-mail notifications simultaneously through the Putnam County Merchant Alert System. To date more than 125 businesses throughout Putnam County have enrolled in this program.

To enroll in this valuable program, businesses are asked to contact their respective Chambers of Commerce, call Chief Investigator A. Gerald Schramek at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (845) 225-4300 or (845) 225-8060 or click here and fill in the online form. Enrollment takes only a few minutes and is free of charge as a public service through the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

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