Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith, along with several officials with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office attended the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas 136th Annual Training Conference and Expo in San Antonio this week. 

At the awards dinner Tuesday evening, SAT President and Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano presented the President’s Award to Smith County Sheriff Larry R. Smith for his outstanding support and cooperation with the Sheriff’s Association of Texas and to his commitment to unselfish service to the people of the State of Texas. The award states that Sheriff Smith is recognized by his peers as an honorable person and an outstanding citizen. 

Sheriff Cerliano cited Sheriff Smith’s many accomplishments throughout his almost 40 years in law enforcement, including his assistance in obtaining a confession from a shooter who had killed four people during a robbery in 1994. That confession led to the recovery of essential evidence allowing the suspect to be convicted. Sheriff Cerliano gave many examples of Sheriff Smith’s willingness to assist other agencies in their investigations as well as mentor law enforcement officers in case investigations and drafting search and arrest warrants.