Scott Smith

Scottsdale Police Lt. Scott Smith has been promoted to  the rank of commander. 

Commander Smith, who holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University, joined the department in 1996 and served as a patrol officer, field training officer and firearms instructor before joining the SWAT Team in February 2000 and then the Special Assignments Unit as a detective that September. 

He has been an instructor in force-on-force, building clearing, dignitary protection, active shooter response and less lethal munitions.

Smith was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2006 and two years later became the Street Crimes Unit supervisor, addressing community problems with six detectives and assisting the Uniformed Services Bureau. 

He became Burglary Unit sergeant in 2013, and implemented the Detective Development Program, which training officers who were interested in detective assignments.

In 2015, Smith was promoted to lieutenant and served as a patrol watch commander in the Downtown District. An alternate SWAT commander, Smith was selected to command the Tactical Operations Section in 2017 and led the Special Assignments Unit, Technical Operations Unit, and the SWAT Team. 

In January, he was selected for the Special Investigation Section and led the Drug Enforcement Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

“During this time, he served on a council to address the opioid epidemic and a term chairing the Arizona State Governor’s Parent’s Commission on Drug Education and Prevention,” the department said in a release.

Smith will oversee the Downtown District and be responsible for the day-to-day operations there and at the city, supervising and leading over 100 employees.