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Deputy Chief R.W. Smith is a native of Iowa Park, Texas and graduated the 41st Police Academy in September 1983. He promoted to Sergeant in February 1994, promoted to Lieutenant in March 2002, promoted Captain in September 2006 and promoted to Deputy Chief in November 2012.

Deputy Chief Smith has worked in all areas of the department including Patrol, Criminal Investigations Section, Gang/Tactical Unit, SWAT team, Commander of the North Texas Regional Drug Enforcement Task Force, Office of Professional Standards/Planning and Research and Traffic Section. He attended Midwestern State University, and is a graduate of the 254th session, FBI National Academy.

The Investigative Operations Division Deputy Chief is an appointed position. This is a highly responsible command and administrative position involving oversight of the Division. The work includes responsibility for planning, directing, evaluating, and supervising at the divisional level within the Police Department. The Deputy Chief monitors and evaluates through conferences with subordinate supervisors, and he recommends and implements improvements in the organization, staffing, procedures and methodology in the Investigative Operations Division.

The Deputy Chief responds to and takes command of major operations or emergencies. He coordinates Divisional activities with other city departments and law enforcement agencies. He assists in the overall direction of the Department by participating in staff meetings, conferences and various Departmental boards and committees. If directed to do so, he acts as Chief of Police during his absence.

The Investigative Operations Division Deputy Chief is responsible for the Criminal Investigation Section (Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, Misdemeanor, Juvenile,Financial/Cyber Crimesand the Crime Scene Unit), the Special Operations Section (Organized Crime/Highway Interdiction Unit, Tactical Unit, Gang Unit, SWAT Team), and the WFPD Honor Guard. Juvenile Unit investigators also maintain offices at Patsy’s house where juvenile victims can be interviewed in a calm, safe environment.

All solvable cases are thoroughly investigated and brought to a logical conclusion. If a suspect is arrested, the case is presented to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. In some instances cases are submitted to the DA’s Office for Grand Jury referral.

All of these functions are part of the Investigative Operations Division which Deputy Chief Smith commands. There is a rank structure containing a Captain, Lieutenants, Sergeants, and Officers as well as Civilian employees whostaff these sections.