Professionalism. Integrity. Compassion.

The Putnam Police Department was established in 1896. For over 120 years, it has been our commitment to protect and serve Putnam, CT through partnership with all our citizens, visitors and merchants as we aim to understand and serve the needs of the public, maintaining a safe and friendly community.


Our mission is ‘to police our community with professionalism, integrity and compassion, working in harmony with our citizens to maintain a quality of life that promotes safe and secure streets and neighborhoods’. We are deeply committed to this – and as such, members of the department are held to the highest of standards. We maintain the approachability of a small-town department where officers are known by name, while at the same time keeping pace with technology and procedures which are equal to a large city department.

Meet our newest Officer - Richard Stringer


Chief Chris Ferace is pleased to announce the hiring of the newest officer at the Putnam Police Department. Officer Richard D. Stringer was sworn in on the afternoon of July 12, 2021 as a lateral hire, previously served 6-years with the New London Police Department.

At the New London Police Department, Officer Stringer served as a field training officer, he is a certified Crisis Intervention Officer (CIT) with specialized training to help people in mental health crisis, a certified motorcycle Officer and a POSTC certified firearms instructor. Officer Stringer is held in high regard by his colleagues and supervisors at the New London Police Department - being the recipient of numerous 'Letters of Commendation' and receiving the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Enforcement Award on two occasions.

Officer Stringer experience, training, and knowledge will be an excellent addition to the Department.


Since 2007, our newsletter, The Community Beat, has aimed to provide the Putnam, CT community with information, tips & education as we feature the men and women of our department with all they do on - and off - the beat.

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*Sponsored by Putnam Bank, The Putnam Business Association and Wheelabrator Putnam Inc.

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Once a month, Chief  of Police Christopher Ferace and Police Captain Justin Lussier join WINY's Gary "O" to provide an update on what is happening at the PD including events and initiatives, as well as safety information.


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