Tactical Operations Precinct

Captain Theophilus E. Smith Jr. is the commander of the Tactical Operations Precinct.

Captain Theophilus E. Smith Jr. is approaching 26 years of service with the Birmingham Police Department. Theophilus has had the opportunity to serve as a Patrol Officer, Task Force Officer, Adjunct Academy Instructor, SWAT Operator, Entry-Team Member, Sniper, Motor Scout, Patrol Sergeant, Recruiting and Hiring Sergeant, Tactical Commander, Assistant Field Operations Bureau Commander, WEST Precinct Shift-Commander, Executive Officer of the Business Compliance Unit, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police, Commander of the Crimes Against Property Unit, and currently as the Commander of the Tactical Operations Precinct.

Theophilus is a product of Birmingham, educated in the Birmingham City Schools system and a graduate of Ramsay High School. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security, and a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session Number 258. He holds certifications in various law enforcement professional courses and instructor certifications. He is also a member of several law enforcement professional organizations.

Theophilus is a lifelong member of the New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church where he assists with various committees and is a member of the Singing Churchmen. He is Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and a proud Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

The Tactical Operations Precinct (TOP) has an evolving Mission, but its immediate goal is to effectively respond to clustered and patterned crime or violent incidents that occur; conduct response operations; and respond to unique and unusual occurrences. The TOP is comprised of several platoons of specially trained personnel with varying capabilities and responsibilities. The platoons provide proactive Directed Patrols in support of the Community Safety Operations Center (CSOC); which will assist with the department’s overall crime fighting effectiveness. The platoons include the Crime Suppression Task Force, Canine Teams, Motor Scouts, Mounted Patrol, Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Dignitary Protection, and Mobile Field Force Operations.