Mr. Smith has spent his entire professional career in the field of civilian oversight of law enforcement. Experiencing the value of an organization like NACOLE first-hand, he has been a strong supporter through his attendance at numerous annual conferences, his participation on various conference panels, and his status as a Certified Practitioner of Oversight. Mr. Smith is a founding donor to the NACOLE scholarship fund, and he currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors’ Scholarship Committee and Co-Chair of the Newsletter Committee.
Mr. Smith is presently a Constitutional Policing Advisor with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). Among other things, he is 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 force incidents.
In 2011 Mr. Smith was appointed as the first-ever Independent Police Auditor for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), where he has been working to develop the Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA) from the ground up. Among other things, OIPA is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct, reviewing BART Police Department investigations, recommending policy changes, and developing a complaint mediation process.
Before working at BART, Mr. Smith was the First Deputy Chief Administrator of Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), where his responsibilities included establishing internal policies to effectively and efficiently allow IPRA to meet its goals; supervising the day-to-day operations of the office; reviewing investigations for quality and completeness; representing IPRA at community events and meetings with other law enforcement agencies; and acting as the head of the office in the absence of the Chief Administrator.
Prior to joining IPRA, Mr. Smith was a Special Investigator for the Los Angeles Police Commission’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). While at the OIG, Mr. Smith’s responsibilities included analyzing investigations involving members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) ranging from complaints of misconduct to officer-involved shootings; recommending alternate adjudications of those investigations where appropriate; and interacting with the public to intake complaints of misconduct against members of the LAPD.
Mr. Smith received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.