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Mark Smith, Inspector General

Mark Smith

Inspector General
Police Commission

Mark Smith was appointed as
the Inspector General (IG) of the Los Angeles Police Department in
February 2018. He has spent his professional career overseeing and
advising law enforcement agencies of varied size and geographic
location. Mr. Smith's initial experiences within the oversight
field came as a legal intern and, subsequently, as a full-time
Special Investigator with the Los Angeles Police Commission's
Office of Inspector General - the same office to which he has been
honored to now return as IG.

Prior to his appointment as LAPD's Inspector General, Mr. Smith was
a Constitutional Policing Advisor with the Los Angeles Sheriff's
Department (LASD). Among other things, he was responsible for
advising the Sheriff on issues related to accountability, adherence
to best practices, policies, procedures, and operations; providing
real-time monitoring, analysis, and advice to LASD investigators
and executives on pending personnel investigations and disciplinary
matters; and responding to critical incidents including in-custody
deaths, deputy-involved shootings, and significant use of force
incidents.

Before working with LASD, Mr. Smith was selected to be the
first-ever Independent Police Auditor for the San Francisco Bay
Area Rapid Transit District (BART), where he developed the Office
of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA) from the ground up. OIPA
was responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct;
reviewing BART Police Department investigations; recommending
changes to policy; developing an alternative dispute resolution
process for complaints; and engaging in a robust program of
community outreach.

Prior to his appointment at BART, Mr. Smith was the First Deputy
Chief Administrator of Chicago's Independent Police Review
Authority (IPRA). As First Deputy, Mr. Smith established internal
policies to effectively and efficiently allow IPRA to meet its
goals and obligations; supervised the day-to-day operations of the
office; directed investigations into officer-involved shootings and
complaints of excessive force; and represented IPRA at community
events and meetings with other law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Smith has also served on the Board of Directors of the National
Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. He holds a
Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and
a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles
School of Law.