Deputy Chief Michael Smith

Deputy Chief Michael Smith served with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for 31 years prior to his appointment to the Birmingham Police Department.

Smith’s last assignment with the LAPD was Detective III Supervisor for Commercial Crimes Division, Detective Bureau, where he supervised all aspects of law enforcement, investigations, and training. Smith managed both sworn and civilian employees, as well as oversaw the Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) 40-hour Auto Theft School, which is attended by law enforcement agents from around the world.

During his career, Smith previously served as an investigating detective for homicide, robbery, auto theft, crimes against persons, child abuse, property crimes, and held assignments in two-wheel motor traffic enforcement, and various other patrol functions.

Smith also participated in and led many large-scale undercover operations to include, specialized crime reduction task force operations, undercover narcotics and dignitary protection and several other high-profile events.

Smith was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Cerritos, California, and graduated from Cerritos High School. Smith continued his education at California State University, Long Beach where he studied Communications.

Smith’s education continued while on the LAPD and graduated from the Delinquency Control Institute (DCI), Sheriff Sherman Block Leadership School, Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations (ICI), and ICI Instructor Program.

Smith is no stranger to Alabama or hard work; his father and mother were born and raised in Birmingham and Demopolis respectfully. As a youth, Smith spent every summer tending to the family farm.

Deputy Chief Smith proudly joined the Birmingham Police Department on February 1, 2021, as Chief of Detectives in Investigative Bureau. Deputy Chief Smith is fully committed to strengthening relationships with our community members, improving the working conditions for all employees, and improving the overall safety for the citizens of Birmingham.