2012-01-25 / Civics and Politics

Sheriff’s Department to Expand in Philipstown

By ERIC GROSS

Putnam County Sheriff Donald SmithPutnam County Sheriff Donald SmithA sub-station is in the offing for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department in Philipstown.

Sheriff Don Smith told the PCN&R Tuesday evening that the second floor of the former Nelsonville Fire Department headquarters on Route 301 was being refurbished for an “unmanned substation” for his department.

“While the sub-station will not be manned around-the-clock, we will be able to turn out patrols from that location, ensuring that deputies spend maximum time on patrol and less time crisscrossing the county from Carmel to Cold Spring,” said Smith.

The new station will allow deputies and investigators to conduct interviews as well as handle bookings without having to travel back to the Sheriff’s Office in Carmel.

Smith called the new station a “win-win. Mayor Corless of the Village of Nelsonville and his board have made the firehouse available to us, and we thank them.”

The facility is expected to be retrofitted by late spring.

Smith assured residents that the new station was “not additional bureaucracy. All dispatching will be done from the Putnam 911 Center at the Bureau of Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Central Communication Center in Carmel.”

The current Sheriff’s sub-station in Putnam Valley, located next to the Putnam Valley Post Office, will remain.

When asked about plans to convert the former Butterfield Hospital in Cold Spring into a municipal building housing a satellite office for the Sheriff’s Department, Smith said the “Butterfield Hospital site was a program that my staff and I are interested in. However, the Nelsonville proposal is in the ‘here and now.’ Butterfield requires a lot of work to take place, The Nelsonville conversion is a low-cost solution for the present.”

 

 

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