“Courage, Honor, and Integrity”


Steve Smith

Deputy Chief of Police

  Deputy Chief Smith was born July 25, 1947 in Baltimore, Md. His parents moved to Aberdeen when he was four years old and has been a resident ever since. He was educated in the public school system, graduating from Aberdeen High School. He began his higher education at Harford Community College; he subsequently transferred to and graduated from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee, with a major in history and a minor in political science.

  He joined the Aberdeen Police Department on August 21, 1978. After two years in patrol Officer Smith was promoted to Officer First Class Smith. In the spring of 1981 Officer First Class Smith became Detective Smith when he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Section of APD. He remained in this assignment until 1989 becoming a seasoned investigator handling everything from murders and rapes to forgeries and drug cases. He was promoted to corporal in December, 1983. In 1989 he was transferred to the newly formed Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force. While assigned to that unit he was granted State wide jurisdiction and along with investigators from the Maryland State Police,

Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Havre de Grace, Bel Air and the State’s Attorney’s Office targeted mid and upper level drug traffickers operating in Harford County. During this assignment he was promoted to sergeant in June, 1991.

  Sgt. Smith was transferred back to Aberdeen in 1994, where he helped initiate the Special Operations Unit. SOU was tasked with investigating street level drug dealers and vice violations such as prostitution and gambling. He returned to Patrol in 1998 as a shift sergeant. In 2000 Sgt. Smith was again transferred to CID as the unit supervisor, managing both CID and SOU.

  In 2007 he was moved to Patrol as a shift sergeant, where he would remain until returning to the Harford County Task Force in 2008 for a second tour. During this assignment he was again investigating large drug trafficking organizations generally through the use of wire taps.

  In October, 2010, during what would become a yearlong re-organization of the command structure of the police department, Sgt. Smith was promoted to Deputy Chief. In that position he participated in that restructuring and was responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Department.

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