Chief Smith began his career in law enforcement in 2002, with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), following in the footsteps of his father who had also been a member of the NYPD. Brian has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Empire State College. During his 20-year career he worked in many different Boroughs of the City of New York but mostly in upper Manhattan and Queens. He was promoted through the ranks multiple times until his retirement as a Lieutenant in 2002. As a Lieutenant Chief Smith was assigned to the Housing Bureau Special Services Unit where he was responsible for the oversite of three citywide units. Chief Smith recalls his most memorable time with the New York City Police Department was when he was assigned to the rescue, recovery and security operations at Ground Zero following the September 11th, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center.
In April of 2009 Smith joined the Juno Beach Police Department as an Assistant Chief and in May of 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Chief of Police. In 2012 Chief Smith was invited to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The four-month Academy focused on Police Leadership Skills. In 2015 Smith oversaw investigations into two businesses trafficking in prostitution and illegal gambling operations. The results of the Juno Beach Police Department’s investigations led to two arrests and the convictions of two participants. In addition, the Department seized in excess of $120,000 from the proceeds of these illegal operations and the two businesses were permanently put out of business in Juno Beach.
Chief Smith says that his most memorable times in the Juno Beach Police Department was when he was promoted to the rank of Chief of Police and his involvement in the creation of the September 11th Memorial.
“I am very proud of the members of the Juno Beach Police Department. Our organization is comprised of true professionals that go above and beyond the call of duty for the Juno Beach community. I also feel extremely fortunate to work with a great Town staff and elected officials.
I am grateful to the Juno Beach Police Foundation for helping the Police Department fulfill our mission of partnering with the community for a safer Juno Beach.
I always emphasize that to be effective as a police department you must have a close partnership with the community. When it comes to the Juno Beach Community, I have the best partnership I could have ever hoped for.”
Chief Smith’s wife Tracey is a registered nurse. They have two daughters, Samantha and Stephanie and most recently they became grandparents to a beautiful little girl named Riley.