Lieutenant Brent Smith graduated from Ceres High School in 1987. In October of 1988, he joined the Army and served in the Military Police until December of 1992. He left the Army at the rank of Sergeant, and returned home to begin his career as a Police Officer.
He graduated from the Modesto Police Academy in 1993 and joined Ceres Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer on March 29, 1993. He was hired full-time on October 17, 1994. After two years of working patrol, he was assigned to Detectives as part of the Stanislaus County Drug Enforcement Agency in July of 1996. He left the assignment when he was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant in December of 1998. On August 29, 2007, he was promoted to his current position as a Police Lieutenant.
Lt. Smith's educational background includes an AA in Criminal Justice from Modesto Junior College and a BA in Social Science from Chapman University. In 2009, he received his Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.
Lt. Smith is the Tactical Commander for the HNT and SWAT teams, oversees the communications center and supervises patrol operations. The Patrol Division is the largest within the Police Department. Patrol officers are the most visible representatives of city government and provide a wide variety of services to the community. The men and women of the Patrol Division include six Patrol Sergeants who serve as Watch Commanders, 22 Patrol Officers, four Reserve Police Officers, two Canine Officers, one Narcotic Canine, and a Mounted Equestrian Unit. Additionally, there are three Community Service Officers assigned to Patrol.
Patrol provides 24 hour service to the community. Working in patrol requires a variety of skills and continuous training. It is necessary for Patrol Officers to be well versed in civil and criminal law, traffic accident investigation and enforcement and crisis intervention techniques.