The Cameron University Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology will kick off its 2012-13 Speakers Series with a presentation by Lawton Chief of Police James T. Smith on Monday, November 12 at 11 a.m. Smith will speak about his career, his work with Special Operations teams, and issues facing the Lawton Police Department. The presentation will take place in the CETES Conference Center and is open to the public at no charge.
Smith was appointed Chief of Police for Lawton in August 2012, bringing more than 30 years of comprehensive law enforcement experience, including 24 years in command positions. He served three years with the Kentucky State Police and 27 years with the Jefferson County Police, which merged into the Louisville Metro Police Department. In his last assignment with the Louisville Metro Police Department, he served a Division Commander of the special operations division, overseeing SWAT, hostage negotiation team, special response team, joint emergency services unit, dive team, dignitary protection team, bomb unit, peer support, mounted patrol, canine unit, traffic unit, air unit, honor guard, river unit, community relations and special operations.
In 2011, Smith ended a 30 year career in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel. During his military career, he served in various units and command positions including Battalion Personnel Officer, Battalion Logistics Officer, Military Police Investigator and Division Anti-Terrorism Officer. Additionally, he had command assignments in Korea, Germany, Bosnia and Iraq.
Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration with a minor in Military Science from Eastern Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, Southern Police Institute and Senior Management Institute for Police. He has been honored with the National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
The Criminal Justice and Sociology Speakers Series is made possible by funding from The GEO Group Endowed Lectureship in Criminal Justice and Sociology. The series will continue on January 14, 2013 with Chief Danny Ford, Duncan Police Department. Additional featured speakers will be Hector Rios, Warden, GEO Lawton Correctional Facility and James E. Finch, Special Agent In Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma City Division.
November 7, 2012