Richard A. Smith spent nearly 18
years in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff, jailer, patrol deputy, vice investigator, Public Safety Officer (police and
fireman combined) Airport Police Officer, uniform patrol police officer,
and an investigator in Criminal Investigations Division.
Richard Smith has an Advanced Law
Enforcement Certification, the highest level to achieve in this field in North Carolina.
He has over a thousand hours of training from various law enforcement schools.
He attended Durham Technical Community College and North Carolina Central University where he majored in Criminal Justice.
Richard Smith belongs to Durham Masonic Lodge #352,Raleigh Scottish Rite Bodies, Amran Shrine Temple, American Legion,
The 40 & 8th La Socie’te, and The Fraternal Order of Police. He served
with the U.S. Army (Reserve) in the field artillery. He is currently medically retired from the Durham Police Department (North
According to the description of his book,
One Stands Alone, “This book
is for those important people in our lives that we take for granted, and everyone that ever thought about joining the ranks
and becoming one–the law enforcement officers! Take a trip through the experiences of going to murders those happened
just moments earlier. Find out the tenseness of car chases over 100mph along
with the moments of making a drug deal.
This book will take you through many episodes
of what the “inside life” is of a law enforcement officer from the streets to the divorce courts, to dignitary
protection. He writes of the strain of the equipment the officers wear to coming
to work with long hair and a beard.”