Jim Smith has more than 26 years law enforcement experience and serves as a POSTC certified police chief in a rural community. Smith retired from another agency as a captain where he led 65 employees with a $6.5 million budget and served as a regional bomb, clandestine drug laboratory, and WMD response team commander. He has a master's degree in safety from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from Troy University along with an associate degree in emergency medical technology. He is a registered paramedic and certified emergency manager.
Chief Smith has authored three textbooks addressing homeland security, WMD events, and criminal justice management with one published in its second edition during 2009. His fourth textbook and certification program in tactical emergencies is scheduled for publication shortly. Chief Smith teaches undergraduate criminal justice classes for Troy University and graduate criminal justice classes for the University of Phoenix. He has published several peer reviewed papers and articles in professional journals. Chief Smith has conducted research regarding blast mitigation and fragment propagation in explosions which was published in two international journals. He also serves as a peer reviewer for several criminal justice publishers.