Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) we have a few fundamental principles:

  • Privacy is important. We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We dislike services that ask you for things like your date of birth or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, provide requested services, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact web keeper.

The protection of individual privacy is a concern to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and is governed by the State of Florida. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate its firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this site.

SB 80- effective July 1, 2006

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at 386-329-0800 or in writing to Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Post Office Drawer 1578, Palatka, FL 32178-1578.

Information collected and stored automatically

If all you do during your visit is browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. Only the following information is automatically collected and stored about your visit:

  • The Internet domain (for example, “” if you use a private Internet access account, or “” if you connect from a university’s domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The pages you visit; and
  • If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website.

We use this information to help us make the site more useful to visitors, to learn about the number of visitors to our site, and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, PCSO collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. PCSO’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how PCSO’s visitors use its website. From time to time, PCSO may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

PCSO also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on forms. PCSO only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Protection of Minors

We are especially concerned about protecting children’s privacy. We hope parents are involved in children’s Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when children are providing personal information online. We specifically ask children to get their parents’ permission before providing any information on line — at our site or any other site — and recommend parents always be involved in those decisions. Most importantly, when children do provide information through the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office website, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and not to create profiles of children.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to PCSO’s websites choose to interact with PCSO in ways that require PCSO to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that PCSO gathers depend on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a service at to provide a username and email address. In each case, PCSO collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with PCSO. PCSO does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

PCSO may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. However, PCSO does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that need to know that information in order to process it on PCSO’s behalf or to provide services available at PCSO’s websites, and that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home county by using PCSO’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. PCSO will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, PCSO discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when PCSO believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of PCSO, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a PCSO website and have supplied your email address, PCSO may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with PCSO and our products. We primarily use our various news articles to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to respond to it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. PCSO takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office uses cookies to help PCSO identify and track visitors, their usage of PCSO website, and their website access preferences. PCSO visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using PCSO’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of PCSO’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Site security

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs commercial software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with State guidelines for records management and retention.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.


The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Web site may provide links to websites for:

  • Governmental and educational institutions.
  • Non-profit Organizations with some relationship to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (including but not limited to organizations contracting with us, organizations sponsoring Putnam County Sheriff’s Office activities or programs, and organizations participating in Putnam County Sheriff’s Office activities or programs).
  • Generally recognized community organizations.
  • Non-profit Organizations providing information about art, cultural, and sporting activities in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office area.
  • Non-profit organizations providing information about employment opportunities in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office area.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office website will not provide links to websites for:

  • Candidates for local, state or federal offices.
  • Corporate or other for-profit organizations unless they fit any of the criteria stated above.
  • Individuals or personal home pages.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, PCSO may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in PCSO’s sole discretion. PCSO encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Copyright Policy

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office website is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office’s permission. We request only that the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits, graphics, or byline be similarly credited to the photographer, author, or the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, as appropriate.


Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or license granted by Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. You are granted a limited, revocable, and non-exclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home page so long as the link does not portray Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in a derogatory or otherwise offensive manner.