Sheriff Farris believes that the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office cannot be successful without the help and support of our community, and he is committed to providing opportunities for everyone to get involved in making Putnam County a safer and better place to live.
“One of the things that I would like to stress – especially in light of what has been happening in the news lately – is how important the support of the community is to us,” says Sheriff Farris. “Our budget is limited, and we simply could not do all that we do without the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers.”
Sheriff Farris encourages anyone with an interest in supporting law enforcement to consider joining the many volunteers who are already graciously giving their time and talents to the agency.
There are several ways you can get involved, such as:
A ten-week training program taught by Sheriff’s Office personnel that acquaints civilians with the daily roles and responsibilities of every aspect of the Sheriff’s Office.
In 2015, we launched the first-ever Farm Watch program in Putnam County to increase awareness of the growing number of crimes against farmers and the effect it has on society. Working in conjunction with the Putnam County Cattleman’s Association and individual farmers, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office provided the education and the tools to effectively protect their property, equipment, and livestock. With proper surveillance, information sharing, and instantaneous communication when a threat is identified, it is our hope that we can reduce both the number of crimes and the huge fiscal impact these crimes have on our community.
We also launched a new Neighborhood Watch program this year and have consulted with several concerned neighborhoods on the benefits of organizing teams, creating Facebook pages, and utilizing social media apps to create a web of awareness and communication that makes it more difficult for strangers to enter their neighborhood and commit crimes. We are currently working on developing signage, brochures, and other materials to expand this program throughout the community.
In another vital community partnership to help keep at-risk individuals with brain disorders safe, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Pilot Club of Cookeville on Project Lifesaver, a program that helps track and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Autism and Down’s Syndrome. The Pilot Club raises funds to purchase the transmitters that are worn by participants in the program as well as the receivers that are used to locate them when they wander. They also provide training to Sheriff’s Office deputies so that they have the information necessary to conduct search and rescue operations with accuracy and sensitivity.
A separate 501(c)3 organization that aids in fundraising to support Departmental programs such as the Citizen’s Academy and our Annual Awards Banquet, Golf Tournament, and Fishing Tournament.
Men and women 18 years of age or older who successfully meet the selection criteria of the Sheriff’s Office application process and pass a background check.