the Smith County Sheriff's Department
The Smith County Sheriff's Department was established in 1846,
with the establishment of Smith County. Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith took office on January 1st, 1977 and currently in
his sixth term. The Smith County Sheriff's Department has grown from approximately 28 employees in 1977 to approximately
250 today. This includes almost 150 detention personnel, 35 patrol personnel, 17 investigative personnel, and other non-sworn
personnel. The Smith County Sheriff's Department also has a Reserve Deputy force of approximately 70
certified officers that perform law enforcement duties at no cost to the citizens of Smith County.
Smith County Sheriff's Department responds to calls for service and investigates criminal offenses that occur in the unincorporated
areas of Smith County. They also assist police departments for the cities of Arp, Bullard, Lindale, Overton, Troup, Tyler,
and Whitehouse. The Smith County Sheriff's Department also maintains four detention facilities, handles security for the
county courthouse and tax building, and a 150 acre "work farm."