Captain Smith was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1964. After graduating high school, he proudly served seven years in the United States Marine Corps.
Captain Smith joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1990, and was assigned to Wilshire Patrol Division. As a police officer, Lieutenant Smith worked a variety of patrol assignments in Wilshire, Southeast and Pacific Patrol Divisions, in addition to being an instructor at the Los Angeles Police Academy.
Captain Smith was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and to Sergeant II in 2001. As a Sergeant, he was assigned to Southeast Patrol Division, Jail Division and Internal Affairs Group, where his assignments included; Field Supervisor, Adjutant, Bicycle Patrol Supervisor, Assistant Watch Commander, Assistant Officer-in-Charge, Internal Affairs Investigator and Training Coordinator.
Captain Smith was promoted to Lieutenant I in 2006 and to Lieutenant II in 2007. As a lieutenant he was assigned to Pacific Patrol Division, Pacific Detective Division, Internal Affairs Group and Detective Bureau, where his assignments included: Patrol Watch Commander, Detective Watch Commander, Internal Affairs Group Section Officer-in-Charge, and as the Adjutant to the Chief of Detectives.
On October 10, 2010, Captain Smith was selected as the Commanding Officer of Hollenbeck Patrol Division. Captain Smith has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management.