Carter F. Smith

Carter F. Smith is an educator, trainer, strategic networker, and facilitator, with a background in government, non-profit and for-profit organizations. Dr. Smith is an Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University, and a S.T.A.R. Instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, part of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security.

During his more than twenty-two year career with the United States Army,
Dr. Smith served as Criminal Intelligence & Anti-Terrorism Program Manager, Team Chief of the Gang Suppression Team, Detachment Sergeant, and Special Agent-in-Charge for the US Army Criminal Investigations Command (CID).

Dr. Smith is a member of the faculty advisory board for the Global Security Institute at Austin Peay State University; and a founding board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association. A recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center, Dr. Smith's research and investigative interests include military-trained gang members on the civilian community, the use of technology by gang members, and the intersection of criminal street gangs, organized crime, and terrorism.

Dr. Smith received his Ph.D from Northcentral University. He received a Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University. The recipient of numerous Army Commendation and Meritorious Service Medals, he was also designated as a CID Command Special Agent of the Year. Dr. Smith is a member of Phi Alpha Delta (Law Fraternity), the Fraternal Order of Police, and the CID Special Agent’s Association.


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