Officer of the Year Al Smith shown appreciation by Rotary Club
Posted by Tim Wombles
on May 16, 2013
Recently, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club welcomed Fernandina Beach Police Chief Jim Hurley who presented Officer of the Year Al Smith. Club President John Boylan presented Officer Smith with a plague from the club in appreciation of his service to the community. Smith is a 22-year veteran of the police department. In the past, Smith has worked as a crime scene detective and on the narcotics squad. Hurley said that from 2008 to 2010, Smith was responsible for several large drug busts and the arrest of some 25 local drug dealers, which has all but eliminated on-street drug sales in the city. Smith now serves as a Resource Officer at Fernandina Beach High School. He strives to educate students about Internet safety, bullying and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Smith said one topic he stresses with students is school safety and how to prevent catastrophic school shooting incidents like those that devastated Columbine and Sandy Hook. Smith closed by saying that school shootings are 100 percent preventable. By educating students and teachers on what signs may indicate a classmate could be dangerous and providing an anonymous tip line for students to report frightening or abnormal behavior, Smith said he believes FBHS is well prepared to prevent a crisis.