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.




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

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. Registration closes Septemebr 3.
This one of a kind conference is developed through surveys of the registrants.   You have a say in what sessions are offered and will have multiple options during the conference.
Click here to watch as the schedule develops based on your suggestions.
Click here to see the faculty list. 
Click here to register for the Investigator Conference Track.
Click here to register for the Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference Track.
Click here to make a hotel reservation at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

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

January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.

November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.