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June 23, 2023

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FWC names Brian Smith new director of the Division of Law Enforcement 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently announced Brian Smith
as the new director of the agency’s Division of Law Enforcement. Col. Smith will oversee more
than 1,000 employees who protect Florida’s natural resources and provide public safety on state
lands and waters in the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. 

“I know Colonel Smith will continue the fantastic leadership Executive Director Young began
and take it to the next level,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto. “The relationships he has
built combined with his vision for the future can lead to nothing but success for not only the
Division of Law Enforcement but the agency as a whole.” 

“Colonel Smith’s years of experience and comprehensive knowledge and passion for FWC’s
complex and important purpose made him the obvious choice to lead us into the future,”
said Executive Director Roger Young. “I know he will lead with integrity and professionalism
and dedicate his time to protecting the people of Florida and conserving our natural resources.” 

Col. Smith was born and raised in Tampa. After graduating high school, he joined the army and
was assigned to the 3rd Ranger Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment. In 1995, he fulfilled his
commitment to his country and returned to Tampa where he began his law enforcement career
with the Game and Freshwater Fish Commission. As an officer, he worked in Collier, Manatee
and Sarasota counties before promoting to the FWC training center in 2004. 

During his 28 years of service, Smith has served as a captain over professional standards and
policy; major over captive wildlife, and lieutenant colonel over conservation initiatives, rule
development, south operations, training, captive wildlife, and boating and waterways. He is
a graduate of the National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Academy, FDLE
Chief Executive Seminar and FDLE Future Studies Group. 

“Growing up hunting and fishing with my father and childhood friends, I developed a love
for the outdoors and the fish and wildlife resources of Florida. My career with the FWC has
been incredibly fulfilling and I am truly honored to be the next colonel for the FWC, serving
the men and women of the Division of Law Enforcement and people of this great state,” said
Col. Brian Smith, director of the FWC Division of Law Enforcement. “I love this agency
and the work we do and I know we will continue to set the standard for conservation law

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