Chief AJ Smith has extensive experience in criminal justice issues and policy development and implementation. He began his career as a deputy sheriff in 1980 with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Chief Smith has held many posts in his law enforcement career and previously worked for the Leon County Sheriff's Office, The Florida Department of Insurance, Division of State Fire Marshal, Tallahassee, The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Tallahassee and currently serves as executive director for the Florida Deputy Sheriff's Association. Chief Smith has also served as an independent consultant, providing technical and consulting services to a variety of private corporations on matters relating to law enforcement operations and communications, alcoholic beverage laws and regulations and licensing, general criminal justice issues and correctional healthcare issues. Chief Smith loves the outdoors and enjoys photography, running, biking and paddle boarding. He grew up in Apalachicola and wants to see our water and beaches protected. He has a daughter and three grandchildren.
Bachelors of Public Administration, Barry University
Instructor Certification, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission
Certified in law enforcement basic, advanced curriculum, and high liabilities
Chief Executive Seminar, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Supervisor Training Program, Department of Insurance
Many hours of advanced law enforcement training
Past adjunct Instructor, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy
Past Chair, Region XV Law Enforcement Training Committee
Past President, State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association
Past Board Member, Statewide Law Enforcement 800 MHz Radio System
Florida Police Chiefs Association
Florida Sheriffs Association
Board Member, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
Florida SWAT Association
National Tactical Officers Association
National Sheriffs' Association
American Society Law Enforcement Trainers
National Rifle Association (Police Firearms Instructor)
President, Cops for Kids Tallahassee, Inc.
Past Program Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Christmas Connection
Big Bend Hospice
Past Board Member Tallahassee Police Athletic league
Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce
Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
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