Steven A. Smith Jr.

Officer Steven A. Smith Jr. began his career with the City of Rensselaer Police Department in 2004 after graduating from the Zone 5 Regional Law Enforcement Training Center in Troy, NY. He was assigned as a patrol officer, working to protect and serve the citizens of his hometown. In June of 2008, Smith was presented with the opportunity to work for the City of Albany Police Department. He was hired by the city as a lateral transfer and sworn in on June 6, 2008. He worked as a patrol officer out of the Department’s Center Station. In April of 2012, Officer Smith became the Department’s Public Information Officer (PIO), working directly with the chief and the command staff on everything from media relations and social media management to community engagement. Officer Smith has been instrumental in developing relationships with the local print and TV news media, implementing and maintaining the department’s social media platforms, advertising and participating in many police-community events and assisting with the recruitment of new officers.

In December 2017, Officer Smith led the effort to launch Capital Region Crime Stoppers – a nonprofit program that allows residents to submit anonymous information to the police, and in cases where a tip leads to an arrest, receive a cash reward. Officer Smith also serves as the liaison between the department and the Albany Police and Fire Foundation and has helped secure funding for several programs and initiatives. In addition to funding, he recently convinced a local breeder to donate a Labrador retriever to the department that now serves as a therapy dog.  Officer Smith graduated from Nyack College in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and in May of 2020 earned a master’s degree in public administration from Marist College. Officer Smith is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) PIO Section and currently serves on the section’s membership committee. In 2020, Officer Smith was selected as an IACP 40 Under 40 awardee. He also serves as chairman of the board for the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany and assembly delegate for the Public Relations Society of America’s Capital Region Chapter.

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