Tom Smith is currently a St Paul Assistant Chief. He is one of the candidates for the St Paul Chief. Tom answers questions about background, philosophy, heroes and experiences. Tom Smith believes that great police officers come from integrity, moral character and compassion. Tom believes in volunteerism and giving back. I especially liked Tom’s description that the primary role of police was to be peace keepers. What sets Tom Smith apart is his comfort in a public role, for both traveling and speaking. Tom Smith places emphasis on transparency, on keeping the public informed through the media. And indeed, it is obvious that Tom has a gift of story telling. This interview is part of a series of interviews of the St. Paul police chief candidates.
Part 2 of interview is here: