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Putnam County

Department of Probation

Probation is a proven, cost-effective utilization of taxpayer’s dollars within the Criminal Justice System to supervise offenders in the community as an alternative to incarceration.  Probation services are mandated by New York State law, Section 256 of the New York State Executive Law that provides for the establishment of county probation agencies.

Today’s probation officers find themselves performing many of the functions performed by their counterparts in the police and corrections services.   Like police and other peace officers throughout the state, Putnam County probation officers are armed and trained in the use of weapons and are exposed on a daily basis to the risks and dangers involved in managing an increasingly high risk and sometimes violent criminal population.

Probation officers in Putnam County provide a vital law enforcement element to the community’s public safety and comprise the main support function to our Criminal Justice System.  Their duties involve them in virtually all phases of the criminal justice process.  A probation officer is challenged to be a peace officer, case manager, and the investigative arm of the courts.  Administratively, a probation officer is within the executive branch of government. 

Probation officers are challenged to oversee the supervision and treatment of offenders, satisfy crime victims, be accountable to the public, monitor school and employment progress, conduct home visits, supervise resistant, high-risk offenders, administer drug/alcohol tests and be on call to duty as needed twenty-four hours a day.

Probation officers must be thoroughly trained in such areas as chemical dependency, the law, sex offenses, child abuse, domestic violence, literacy, employment counseling, mental health, field and office safety, defensive tactics and crisis intervention.  They must be familiar with the resources available in the community and must be able to effectively collaborate with other law enforcement agencies as well as the various rehabilitative organizations which provide services to their clients.

Directory

845-808-1111

845-808-1941

Angel Acosta

Senior Probation Officer

Programs: Spanish Speaking Population

Extension: 49117

Erin Conley

ATI Program Coordinator

Programs: Community Service, Pre-Trial Release

Extension: 49122

Amy Dehias

Senior Probation Officer

Programs: Philipstown Supervision, Warrant Squad

Extension: 49120

Pauline Dunne

Senior Typist

Extension: 49101

Charleen Effinger

Probation Officer

Programs: Treatment Court

Extension: 49129

Gene Funicelli

Director

Programs: STOP DWI Coordinator

Extension: 49103

April Lathrop

Senior Probation Intake Worker

Programs: PINS, Family Court Petitions

Extension: 49113

Louise Opfer

Coordinator

Programs: Treatment Court

Extension: 208-7892

John Mulreany

Senior Probation Officer

Programs: Carmel Community Policing program,
e-Justice TAC, Warrant Squad Coordinator, Field Intelligence Officer, Warrant Squad

Extension: 49116

Randy Amos

Supervisor, Family Court Unit

Programs: Transfer Designee, Firearms/General Topics Instructor, Field Intelligence Officer, Warrant Squad

Extension: 49119

John Mulreany

Senior Probation Officer

Programs: Carmel Community Policing program,
e-Justice TAC, Warrant Squad Coordinator, Field Intelligence Officer, Warrant Squad

Extension: 49116

Elaine McNamara

Probation Officer

Programs: Presentence Investigations, Domestic Violence Offenders, IDV Court

Extension: 49112

Aileen Napolitano

Senior Probation Officer

Programs: Juveniles, DWI Supervision, Warrant Squad

Extension: 49102

Dianne Norris

Probation Officer

Programs: Animal Cruelty Offenders, Kent Community Policing Program, Putnam Valley Supervision, Warrant Squad

Extension: 49126

Kelli Sposato

Probation Assistant

Programs: Ignition Interlock Monitor, Drug Testing

Extension: 49123

Christopher Pasquale

Probation Counselor

Programs: DV Offender Accountability Group

Extension: 49210

Rick McCauley

Senior Probation Officer

Programs: Presentence Investigations

Extension: 49106

Naura Slivinsky

STOP-DWI Program Administrator

Programs: STOP-DWI Program

Extension: 46127

Adam Warm

Probation Officer

Programs: Sex Offender Supervision, Warrant Squad

Extension: 49141

Elizabeth Tompkins

Probation Officer

Programs: Juveniles, JD Intake

Extension: 49124

Joanne Kinash

Account Clerk

Extension: 49104

Heidi Stein

Probation Receptionist

Extension: 49100

Criminal Court Adult Services

  • Victim Impact Panel– mandated for DWI offenders; presentation by victims who volunteer to tell their stories of how their lives have been dramatically altered by a drunk driver. Please click here for the 2019 Schedule
  • Community Policing– probation officers ride along with members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in the Towns of Kent and Carmel  to conduct home/field visits of probationers.
  • Domestic Violence Offender Specialized Supervision– limited caseload of DV offenders assigned to one P.O., supervised intensively, with special emphasis placed on the needs of victims.
  • Sex Offender Specialized Supervision– limited caseload of sex offenders intensively supervised by one P.O. with greatest emphasis placed on minimizing re-offense.
  • Warrant Squad– Specially trained, armed P.O.s who execute Violation of Probation Warrants on probationers who have absconded from supervision or who are otherwise in violation of their court ordered conditions.
  • Alternatives to Incarceration Program consists of two parts:Pre-Trial Release and Community Service.
    • Pre-Trial Release – a component of the Alternatives to Incarceration Program. Recently incarcerated individuals are interviewed by the ATI Worker and assessed, using a standardized instrument, for their likelihood to appear in court. The results of this interview and assessment are sent to the court of jurisdiction for the judge to use in reconsidering the inmate for Release on Recognizance (ROR) or Release Under Supervision (RUS).
    • Community Service – a component of the Alternatives to Incarceration Program. The courts order a defendant to perform a specified number of community service hours in lieu of jail time. The ATI Worker develops and monitors appropriate community service work sites and matches up defendants to these work sites, monitoring their compliance and successful completion.

Family Court Petition Assistance

Family Court Petition Assistance

The probation department assists the public with filling out Family Court related petitions having to do with Family Offenses (aka Orders of Protection) and Custody/Visitation. This also includes preparation of modification and violation (aka enforcement) petitions as well. We make appointments for most cases; however recognize that at times emergency situations do arise. We can handle some walk in situations but it is always best to call ahead to let us know you will be coming to make the process as smooth as possible for you.

If you have made an appointment for Family Offense petition assistance please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time to fill out the initial paperwork we require. If you prefer to complete these forms ahead of time please click here to be re-directed to our forms page.

TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT:

If you are coming here to modify or violate (enforce) an order you will need to bring that order with you. We do not have access to look up your case or see your case history. Should you not have these documents upon your arrival you will be asked to go to the courthouse to obtain copies, but please be aware that the court cannot always print these documents for you right away and at times will need to mail them to you once printed. If this happens you will need to re-schedule your appointment with our office.

To ensure you have everything you may need for your appointment it’s best to bring the most recent family court orders (if any) as well as Judgment of Divorce AND Stipulation of Settlement with them.  These need to be signed copies of your documents.

PLEASE NOTE:

Our office does not assist in preparations of Adoption or Guardianship petitions. The Supreme Court handles these cases and you will need to contact that office to determine what steps you need to take. They can be reached at 845-208-7800

We do not prepare petitions to file for a modification of a local Criminal Court order of protection, you must contact the District Attorney’s office to obtain information about this. They can be reached at 845-808-1050.

The Support Collection Unit can also assist the public with preparing these petitions if you are using the support collection unit to collect the child support. They can be reached at 845-808-1500.

Should you wish to fill out these forms yourself please use the following links to download and print your forms, then bring these completed petitions to the Family Court Clerk’s office.

For a complete list of all New York State petitions available please visit: https://www.courts.state.ny.us/forms/familycourt/index.shtml

Additionally there is a computer in the court library as well as on 2nd floor of courthouse for the public to self-prepare these petitions.

After completion all petitions are then filed on the second floor of the court house at the Family Court Clerk’s office.  Once your petition is filed all questions regarding your case or court appearance dates will need to be directed to the Family Court Clerk’s Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Probation?

Probation is an alternative to incarceration that allows certain offenders to live and work in the community, support their families, participate in counseling services and make restitution to the victims of their crimes.  The ultimate goal of Probation supervision is to protect the community, rehabilitate the offender and reduce crime.

Probation is the most common sentence imposed by the courts in the United States, and Probation Officers supervise more offenders than the NYS Department of Corrections and Division of Parole combined.

How is Probation different from Parole?

Although Probation and Parole officers share similar functions and responsibilities, there is a difference in the population they supervise.  Probation is an alternative to incarceration, and though some defendants spend a short period of time in jail at the beginning of their probation sentence, most remain free in the community.  Parole officers, on the other hand, supervise individuals who have served a sentence and been released from the state prison system.

What are the powers of a Probation Officer?

Probation Officers are designated as Peace Officers, holding powers similar to those of a police officer, but different.  Probation Officers have the power to arrest, even without a warrant if circumstances dictate.  They also have the authority to search the person and property of an offender, without a warrant, in order to ensure compliance with conditions of probation.  Some officers carry guns, others do not.

What is a defendant sentenced to Probation required to do?

Depending on the circumstances surrounding their case, defendants may be required to: attend substance abuse, mental health or other types of counseling program; remain abstinent from alcohol and drugs; submit to drug and alcohol testing; abide by a curfew; pay restitution; remain employed or in school; drive with an ignition interlock device in their vehicle; or abide by other conditions that are related to their rehabilitation.

What happens if a probationer violates the terms of Probation?

Several different factors are considered when a probationer violates the terms of supervision, including the seriousness of the violation and the history of the offender.  Sanctions imposed can range from an increased level of supervision to revocation of the sentence and a period of incarceration.

Helpful Links

Probation Employment Liaison Officer

The Putnam County Probation Department recognizes the importance of sustained employment for individuals under community supervision. Employment provides individuals a means to self-sufficiency and the ability to support their families, as well as the capacity to structure their time in positive ways. Probation also understands the needs of area employers and their ability to ask questions of probation officers about work schedules and other work environment related issues. Accordingly, the Putnam County Probation Department has designated a single point of contact or Probation Employment Liaison officer to communicate with area employers.

Please feel free to contact Probation Supervisor Randy Amos at 845-808-1111 ext 49119 if you are an area employer who has any general questions about probation conditions relating to employment, employment opportunities for individuals on probation, or if you have any other employment related questions or concerns.

Treatment Court

Treatment Court – a coordinated team effort of the assigned judge, court staff, prosecution, defense counsel, probation, sheriff’s department, mental health, social services, and treatment professionals to actively intervene and break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction and crime.  Participation is offered to those who would otherwise be facing incarceration for offenses that are drug or alcohol related.

Contact Us

  • Address:

    40 Gleneida Avenue
    Carmel, NY 10512

  • Phone:
  • Fax:

    845-808-1941

  • Email:
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The mission of the Putnam County Probation Department is to protect the safety and wellbeing of the people of Putnam County by diligently supervising the juveniles and adults placed under our direction by the family and criminal courts.

We also strive to assist these individuals in addressing their various problems and needs in order to become productive members of the community. Additionally, we assist crime victims in restoring their lives through reparation and with referrals to community resources.

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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