Detective Brent Smith is a 16-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department and is currently assigned to the Technology Operations Group as well as the ATF Violent Crime Task Force.
Detective Smith’s past assignments include time spent in the patrol bureau as well as on special assignment to the Homicide Unit, the Gang Unit, and the Career Criminal Squad. Detective Smith was one of the founding detectives for the East Valley Gang and Criminal Information Fusion Center, where he helped to establish an information-sharing network with other local agencies. Detective Smith is the lead instructor for gang training for the Mesa Police Department and has instructed for several local agencies.
Detective Smith is considered a regional expert on skin heads and white power ideology. Detective Smith has been interviewed by various media outlets regarding his knowledge of gangs and has been featured as an instructor at forums such as the Arizona Gang Investigator Association’s annual gang conference and the Know Gangs annual gang conference in Las Vegas. Detective Smith was presented the Anti-Defamation League’s 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for his work and dedication.