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Rick Earl Smith, American law enforcement officer. Certified forensic examiner Institute Applied Science, Chicago, 1970, fingerprint comparison expert North Carolina Department Justice.


Smith, Rick Earl was born on December 28, 1951 in Gastonia, North Carolina, United States. Son of Harold Parks and Minnie (Forbes) Smith.


Certified forensic examiner, Institute Applied Science, Chicago, 1970. Certified basic law enforcement instructor, North Carolina Justice Academy, Salemburg, 1980. Certified fingerprint examiner, North Carolina State Bureau Investigation, Raleigh, 1988.


Dispatcher/chief cadet Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Police Department, 1967-1970, chief identification bureau, 1970-1972, police/public safety officer, 1972-1987. Investigator/major crime manager Orange County Sheriff' General’ s Office, Hillsborough, North Carolina, 1987-1997, retired, 1997. Special deputy United States marshal Court Security, Durham, North Carolina, since 1998.

Instructor law enforcement training North Carolina Justice Academy, Salemburg, North Carolina, 1980-1994. Breathalyzer operator/supervisor North Carolina Department Human Resources, Raleigh, 1981-1995. Expert witness fingerprint evidence, since 1991.

Research investigator/consultant Orange County Sheriff' General’ s Office, since 1997.


Baptism, an act of full immersion following Christ’s example, is undertaken by those spiritually mature enough to understand its profound, symbolic significance: resurrection to new life in Christ.


Baptists believe that it is important that every person, every individual discover the richness and incredible purity of a close relationship with God.


As human beings people find themselves as part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change. If we accept forgiveness, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.


Member Governor's Crime Commission, Raleigh, 1977-1980. Co-chairman/advisor Edmiston North Carolina Governor Campaign Orange County/Raleigh, 1980. Co-chairman Orange County Jim Hunt for Governor campaign, 1978.

Campaign manager/speechwriter Orange County Pendergrass for Sheriff campaign, 1982-1999. Fellow Fingerprint Society of London, England. Member North Carolina Forensic Association (co-founder, president 1991-1992), Orange County Fraternal Order of Police (founder, president 1989-1990), Sons of Confederate Veterans, Masons.


  • Other Interests

    Politics and government, reading, writing.


Married Faye Taylor, July 25, 1986 (divorced July 6, 1996). 1 child, Christopher Taylor Smith. Married Libby Layman, August 31, 1996.