At the Upper Providence Township Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting in August, Eric Smith was promoted to sergeant for the Upper Providence Township Police Department.
Sergeant Smith explains that after the September 11, 2001 attacks he was motivated to become a police officer and enrolled in the Delaware County Municipal Police Academy. He began his career with the Upper Providence Township Police Department in February 2004.
As an officer, Eric served as a member of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force, a detective with the Criminal Investigations Division, a member of the Department’s Bicycle Unit, and was a Field Training Officer. Currently, Eric serves as an instructor for the department in several fields – a Firearms Instructor, a Taser Instructor, a BolaWrap Instructor, a Less Lethal Impacts Munitions Instructor, and a Gracie Survival Tactics Instructor.
During his tenure with the Upper Providence Township Police Department, Eric has earned a life-saving award and commendations for his roles in successful resolutions to serious incidents.
In 2007 Eric was selected to serve with the Chester-Montgomery Emergency Response Team, now called Montgomery County SWAT – Western Region, where he is still serving, now as an Assistant Team Leader. Eric has earned several commendations for his involvement in the safe and successful resolutions to high-risk incidents with the SWAT Team.
Most recently, Eric has been serving the Upper Providence Township Police Department as a Training Coordinator where he has been able to use his years of training and experience to bring current and relevant training opportunities to the Police Department. Part of this assignment included implementing a Use-Of-Force simulator in the Department’s training program where officers can focus on real word scenarios and de-escalation tactics.
When not on the job, Eric enjoys spending time with his family and running. Eric completed Iron Man Florida in 2009 and is currently waiting to hear if he qualified for the 2022 Boston Marathon. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development & Leadership at St. Joseph’s University.