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Smith named new PfISD Police Chief

A law enforcement officer with deep ties to Pflugerville ISD is taking over as the school district’s new police chief.

PfISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alex Torrez has named Jason Smith, with Pflugerville Police since 1996, as the school district police chief. A former program sergeant in Community Services, Smith worked as a school resource officer at Pflugerville High School from 2003 to 2007.

Sworn into office during a PfISD board meeting Thursday, Smith replaces William Edwards, who has been promoted within Pflugerville Police Department.

“I’m looking forward to what the future holds,” Smith said. “I really enjoyed working in the academic sector before. When I was a school resource officer, I gained an enormous amount of respect for the teachers and administrators in this district.”

Smith in July was promoted to lieutenant after spending a year as a police sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division. He worked in Community Services from 2007 to 2015.

“We are proud to have Chief Smith join the PfISD team,” said Superintendent Torrez. “The safety and well-being of our students is a top priority, and he brings an impressive record of experience in that area, having served as a school resource officer prior to his more recent promotions. His background and increasing levels of responsibility and leadership with the Pflugerville Police Department speak to the respect he has in the law enforcement community – and with the citizens he serves and protects.”

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Texas State University and a master's degree in organizational leadership and ethics from St. Edward’s University. He is currently working on a doctorate degree in criminal justice at Texas State.

Smith becomes PfISD Police’s second-ever police chief. The department, which works in cooperation with Pflugerville Police, began in 2008 with Edwards at the helm.

 

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