Our Mission Statement

The men and women of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department are committed to the protection of life and property among the citizens of the county, and are committed to providing law enforcement, corrections, and criminal justice services through a partnership with the community that builds trust, reduces crime, creates a safe environment, and enhances the quality of life.

Core Values

  • Integrity.
  • Courage.
  • Compassion.
  • Professionalism.
  • Accountability.
  • Respect.

With integrity, compassion, and courage we serve our communities... protecting life and property, being diligent and professional in our acts and deeds, holding ourselves and each other accountable for our actions at all times, while respecting the dignity and right of all.


Like all law enforcement agencies in Tennessee, the Putnam County Sheriff's Department is required to commit and provide to the citizens a law enforcement agency that provides the highest quality of professional services to its community. To receive accreditation, the sheriff's department must meet certain nationally recognized standards.

Putnam County's Sheriff Eddie Farris.

Meet The Sheriff: Eddie Farris

My vision for our department is very simple. It has two major parts:

  1. To provide exemplary law enforcement protection for the citizens of Putnam County.
  2. To conduct our affairs in such a way that will grow respect and trust among the citizens of Putnam County.
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