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Captain Michael Smith

Captain Michael Smith is the Commanding Officer of the First District Court Bureau. He has been with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years and has worked in various bureaus and units throughout the Sheriff’s Office.

After his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, Captain Smith enrolled in Suffolk Community College where he studied Computer Programming, Accounting, Business Administration, and Criminal Justice.

In 1992, Smith began his career in law enforcement as a Suffolk County Park Police Officer. On April 29, 1993 he entered the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff where he worked for the Headquarters Bureau and the Civil Bureau.

On April 30, 2001, Smith was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Headquarters Bureau. In 2003 he was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit where he worked when he was promoted to Lieutenant on October 13, 2014. As Lieutenant, Smith was assigned as Commanding Officer of the Domestic Violence Unit. In all, Smith was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit for 16 years. In that time, he worked closely with many domestic violence groups and established unit protocols for service and enforcement of orders of protection.

As Captain and Commanding Officer of the First District Court Bureau, Captain Smith’s responsibilities include overseeing the operations at First District Court, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, and the ATV Program. He also serves as Chairman of the Pine Barrens Law Enforcement Council (PBLEC).

In 2012 Captain Smith was awarded the Sheriff’s Office “Deputy Sheriff of the Year” Award, “Bravery Gold Medal Award,” and the Southampton Kiwanis Club “Officer of The Year.”

Captain Smith holds certifications in Domestic Violence Danger Assessment, Narcotics I.D., Current Drug Trends, Highway Interdiction and Motor Vehicle Concealed Compartments, Highway Drug Investigations, Commercial Motor Vehicle Drug Interdiction, Road Patrol and Investigations, Illegal Firearms, and Patrol Rifle.