FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter has announced the promotion of Detective Robert C. Smith III to the rank of Sergeant within the Field Investigation Section to serve as the Investigative Squad Leader for the Fort Wayne Post.
Smith is a native of Garrett, Indiana and a 1991 graduate of Garrett High School. He attended Vincennes University for two years and studied Criminal Justice before being hired as a Patrolman with the Kendallville Police Department. In 1997, Smith became a Deputy with the Noble County Sheriff Department and worked as one of their K-9 officers and 1999, he was awarded two Medals of Valor.
On June 24, 2001 Smith graduated from the 61st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to the Toll Road Post where he spent three months working Lake, LaPorte and Porter Counties before transferring to the Fort Wayne Post where patrolled Noble and LaGrange Counties.
In 2005, Smith transferred to the Meth Suppression Section and served as the Fort Wayne District Coordinator. In 2009, he transferred to the Drug Enforcement Section and was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Safe Streets Task Force in Fort Wayne. In 2017, Smith was re-assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force in Fort Wayne where he served until this promotion, which will have him overseeing the day-to-day investigative duties of eight detectives and one administrative assistant assigned to the Fort Wayne Post.
During his career, Smith has served as a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon and he has been the recipient of two awards for exemplary service. In 2011, he was awarded the FBI Meritorious Achievement award in Washington, D.C. and in 2012, he was awarded the Indiana State Police Life Saving Award. Smith and his family are residents of rural Allen County.