Smith, a native of Meadville, Miss. and a 2009 Southern Miss alumnus, was hired by UPD after recently completing training at the university’s Southern Regional Public Safety Institute (SRPSI), where he earned the 4th Congressional District Award for Highest Academic Average. The USM/SRPSI provides state-of-the-art, professional education and training through an 11-week, 480-hour, in-residence, basic law enforcement training academy.
Following 12 weeks of field training with UPD, Smith will assume his first assignment as a member of its Patrol Division.
“I’m honored to be a part of the UPD,” said Smith, who played for the Golden Eagles football team while a student at USM. “Growing up, I got to see the positive impact my dad had on people’s lives as a member of law enforcement, and I look forward to doing the same at my alma mater.”
UPD Assistant Chief of Police Rusty Keyes said the hiring of Smith brings the force to near full capacity. “It’s always great to add a new member to the UPD team, especially when it’s one of our graduates and someone who acquitted himself as well as Robert did in his training at the academy,” Keyes said.
For information about the University Police Department at Southern Miss, visit https://www.usm.edu/police.