Lieutenant Wayne Smith started law enforcement in 2006 with the UT Police – Houston and attended BPOC 81. In previous relevant experience he served in the United States Marine Corps infantry as a machine gunner, team/squad leader and in security forces from 1994 to 1998. He was stationed at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Washington and guarded special weapons for the US Navy submarine fleet. Wayne deployed to Japan and Korea on unit deployments with 2/6 Marines. He earned his bachelor degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State in Huntsville.
Currently, Wayne is assigned as UTP-Houston Bastrop/Smithville Campus as a Lieutenant. The Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research in Smithville is home to the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis, MD Anderson's largest basic science department which employs over three hundred staff members. The Michael E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop is home to the Department of Veterinary Sciences and employs just under two hundred staff members. Combined, both facilities are over 1100 acres and are approximately twenty miles apart which present interesting challenges for law enforcement and security. Wayne enjoys leading an awesome team of UT Police professionals dedicated to the mission of keeping both facilities safe and secure while they tackle their mission of Making Cancer History.
Wayne has attended multiple instructor level classes including shoot house, FLETC Reactive Shooter, FLETC Firearms, handcuffing and baton and firearms. He has also attended SMU Tactical Operators course, Houston PD Special Response Group, Texas DPS SWAT/Ranger SRT training, FBI Mechanical Breaching, Dignitary/VIP protection, TCOLE Instructor, hostage and barricade suspect situations for commanders, Force Science certifications course and others.
Wayne was a member of UT Police – Houston’s Special Response Team beginning in 2008 and was an original member of the UT System SRRT in 2011 when it was founded. He participated in several major operations and deployed to UTMB in support after Hurricane Ike. In 2013 Wayne was high shooter in attendance at the two weeks FLETC Firearms Instructor Training Program at Glynco and in 2014 was 1st Place Individual Shooter at the Chancellors Cup pistol match. He was instrumental in rolling out UT Police Houston’s patrol rifle program and ensuring that the leadership’s vision for the program was fully implemented. For this he received a commendation. Wayne was also named in the citation for the UTP-Houston’s NTOA Spirit Award in 2014 for the same.
Wayne has been married for twelve years to his beautiful wife Michelle and has a seven year old daughter Gillian that keeps him busy. They recently relocated to the country so he could transfer to the Bastrop/Smithville Campus. They enjoy raising livestock, fishing and outdoor activities when time allows.
“To all my fellow officers I say WE ARE LIVING IN INTERESTING TIMES! We owe it to our fellow officers and the people we serve to be prepared and to be above reproach. Keep your heads on a swivel and do the right thing. It’s not our official motto, but it’s still a great one…Semper Fidelis – Always Faithful.”
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