Paul J. Van Blarcum
Michael O. Freer
380 Boulevard Kingston, NY 12401
1,161 square miles
Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum, now in his third term, joined the Ulster County Sheriff's Office in June of 1976 and is the agency’s longest-serving member. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1987 and has served in every division including Patrol, Investigations, Corrections, Security, Civil, Training, Marine and S.C.U.B.A. Sheriff Van Blarcum supervised the opening of the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center in February 2007. The same year he formed the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT), the successful multi-agency, county-wide drug and gang task force. He presides over the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office continued participation in and leadership of the Ulster County Emergency Response Team, participation in the Ulster County Family Violence Unit, and his agency’s sustained campaign targeting child support violators.
Education / Training
Sheriff Van Blarcum is a 2008 graduate of the National Sheriffs' Institute in Colorado and graduated from the FBI Academy in 2009. The Sheriff attended Empire State College and has completed numerous law enforcement and corrections training schools and courses.
Honors and Achievements
Sheriff Van Blarcum's background includes a 1998 tour of service for the United Nations International Police Task Force in war-torn Bosnia. That same year he was awarded the Ulster County Police Chiefs Award and the Pride of Ulster County Award. He is past President of the Ulster County Sheriff's Employees Association.
Having also served on the Onteora School Board and the Shandaken Town Council, Paul is a lifelong resident of Ulster County.