Criminal Justice Student Tabitha Smith named TTPD 2020 Officer of the Year

A&M-Commerce student Tabitha Smith was featured in the Texarkana FYI News Hub for her recent recognition as Texarkana Texas Police Department 2020 Officer of the Year.

Mother of four and wife to Sgt. Kristopher Smith, Detective Smith is currently pursuing a criminal justice degree at A&M-Commerce.

Honored for her esteemed work and long-term service to TTPD, Detective Smith first worked as a patrol officer, member of the Special Investigation Unit, juvenile detective, and now as a detective assigned to handle crimes against persons.

According to the News Hub article, Detective Smith has received the Certificate of Merit twice, was recognized as Officer of the Quarter earlier this year, and has earned numerous letters of commendation. Smith is currently assigned to the Investigative Services section where she is a dedicated advocate for victims of sexual assault.

In the article, Chief Schutte of TTPD said, “Tabitha is one of the most hard working and dedicated employees of the Texarkana Texas Police Department who is known for her compassion for the victims and their families. She is guided by two principles in her daily work: To find the truth and ensure that the victim's voice is heard through her investigation. I'm very proud to get to work with her.”

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