Profile: al.smith

Al Smith is a 26 year police veteran of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in Broward County Florida. During his career he held assignments in Road Patrol, Mounted Unit, Tactical Impact Unit (robberies in progress), and the Organized Crime Division. He posed as a contract killer for over 18 years during his assignment to Organized Crime and was hired to kill 15 people. His undercover career was the subject of a book called Under Contract: A Cop Hired to Kill which was later made into a TV movie. In 1997 Al retired and was hired by the Public Defender's Office. During his career as Chief Investigator he has written several articles related to his work on Exposing Brady. Last year Al was voted the Florida Public Defender's Association Investigator of the Year related to his work on Brady information. This year (2014) our investigative staff was the subject of an article published in Mother Jones magazine that details much of the work we have been doing related to the Brady issue.




December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
  • Executive Leadership Insitute (Frankfort, KY)
  • Train the Trainer (Frankfort, KY)
  • "We the Defenders" Investigators Conference (Biloxi, MS)
  • "We the Defenders" Social Workers/Sentencing AdvocatesConference (Biloxi, MS)
  • Team Mitigation Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Click on Events Tab for more info and to register.

October 30, 2018: NAPD releases a video about its achievements over the 5 years since forming in November in 2013. This films was coordinated by NAPD Steering Committee Member and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and debuted at the Racial Justice Training and 5 Year Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland. You can watch the video HERE

July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

You can watch a video about the event HERE 

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. 

January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE