Putnam is Safest County in State for Third Straight Year

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the latest crime statistics released today on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) website, reflect that Putnam County remains the safest county in New York State.

According to the annual DCJS report entitled “County Index Crime Counts and Rates Per 100,000 Population” for 2012, Putnam County had the lowest total index crime rate among all counties in New York State for the third year in a row.

The State report further reflects that the Putnam County index crime rate has declined each year since 2009. Since Sheriff Smith first took office as Putnam County Sheriff in 2002, the county’s violent crime rate has decreased 45.9%, its property crime rate has decreased 33.6%, and the overall index crime rate has been reduced by 34.3%.

“The three-year downward trend in crime that we have seen in Putnam County is especially noteworthy considering that we are surrounded by Dutchess, Westchester, Orange and Rockland counties, all of which have been designated by the State as ‘Operation Impact’ counties, ” said Sheriff Smith. “Operation Impact” is a statewide initiative that has identified those 17 counties outside of New York City which account for 80% of the crimes occurring in New York State outside of New York City.

“We have also realized reductions in the crime rate despite an alarming increase nationally in the number of people affected by substance abuse and mental health issues, and in the face of a struggling national economy that tends to drive crime upwards, ” said the Sheriff.

“Everyone who lives and works within the County shares the credit for keeping crime low in Putnam, ” said the Sheriff. “Caring citizens, active houses of worship, outstanding civic organizations and schools, and businesses have supported law enforcement efforts in ensuring that Putnam County remains a safe place to live, work, and raise a family. “

“An exceptionally cohesive relationship that exists among the police agencies and the close working relationship we have with our county’s fire departments, ambulance corps, and emergency first responders, fosters an effective team approach in protecting and serving the public. I am proud to be Putnam County’s Sheriff and am confident that as we all work together, we will continue to enjoy the extraordinary quality of life that we all have grown accustomed to here in this beautiful county, ” concluded the Sheriff.