Chief Patrick D. Smith is the 34th Chief of Police for the City of Birmingham, Alabama. He assumed command of the Birmingham Police Department on June 25, 2018, after serving 28 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. His last assignment with the LAPD was Police Commander, Assistant Commanding Officer of the Police Science and Training Bureau. He oversaw all aspects of law enforcement training, Use of Force Review and development of Tactical Directives. Chief Smith is a results-oriented proven leader who focuses on community policing, youth development, building community trust and crime reduction.
Chief Smith has been a reform-minded executive, implementing new processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness by leveraging technology, crime-data and department resources. Chief Smith understands the importance of maintaining a relationship with the community while keeping a central focus on crime trends, patterns, problem-solving and crime reduction.
Chief Smith is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After proudly serving seven years in the United States Marine Corps, he settled in Los Angeles, where he started his law enforcement career in 1990. Chief Smith has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management. Chief Smith is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).