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Patrick Smith, Commander

Patrick Smith

Police Sciences and Training Bureau

email Commander Patrick Smith
began his law enforcement career as a police officer in 1990. He
promoted to Sergeant in April 1998 and to Lieutenant in August
2006. After promoting to Captain in December 2010, he was assigned
to Hollenbeck Patrol Division as the Commanding Officer. In June
2012, he was upgraded to Captain II and reassigned to Metropolitan
Division, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTCOB),
as the Assistant Commanding Officer. In September 2013, he was
upgraded to Captain III, Commanding Officer of Metropolitan
Division, where his duties included oversight of the SWAT Team, K-9
Platoon, Mounted Enforcement Platoon, Dignitary Protection Platoon,
Two Tactical Support Element Platoons, and the Underwater Dive
Team. In January 2015, he was promoted to Commander and reassigned
to Police Sciences and Training Bureau.

Among his prior assignments, Commander Smith was an academic
instructor at the Los Angeles Police Department's Academy, Section
Officer-in-Charge at Internal Affairs Group, Detective Watch
Commander, Training Coordinator, and Watch Commander. Prior to his
promotion to Captain, he served as Adjutant to the Chief of

Commander Smith has attended several leadership schools to include,
California POST Management Course; the Police Executive Research
Forum's Senior Management Institute for Policing, LAPD Senior
Counter-terrorism Management Training in Israel, the National
Incident Management School, and the United States Secret Service
Dignitary Protection Training.

Commander Smith is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of
Arts Degree in Organizational Management. He is also a proud
veteran of the United States Marine Corps.