CLEF Profile - Herb Smith

CLEF Profile - Dale Lowrimore
Herb Smith
Exec. Administrator
Christians in Government

I was born in San Diego, grew up in Lakeside, and graduated from SDSU with a BS in Criminal Justice Administration in ’77. I then became a San Diego Police officer from ’78 to ’84, having worked patrol out of the Northern Division station, including the special enforcement unit Beach Team ’80-82, the motorcycle Tactical Squad ’83-84, and SWAT ’80-’84. The Lord then called me into full time ministry, and I resigned from the department to do so.

I entered seminary to prepare, and graduated from the Talbot School of Theology in ’87 with a Master of Divinity. I then returned to San Diego and established Christian Law Enforcement Fellowship (CLEF), serving the law enforcement community informally until being sworn in as a chaplain with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego Police Department in ’95 and ’96 respectively. I was ordained as a Christian minister in ’93. During this time I was asked by the then-Assistant San Diego Marshal to establish and develop a San Diego County Marshal’s chaplaincy program (which included Dale), and which program was later absorbed into the Sheriff’s Department in 2000 when the courts came under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff. I now serve in the leadership with the Sheriff’s program as the Crisis Coordinator and Personnel Director and on its administrative committee (as does Joe), as well as a “hands-on” chaplain at-large throughout the county. I am also one of three coordinating chaplains for the SDPD program (which also includes Dale), as well as the chaplain for Northeastern Station, assisting with the other divisions also. Each year CLEF and an organizing committee also plan and host the annual county-wide Law Enforcement and Emergency Personnel Prayer Breakfast (which also includes Dale), and an annual to semi-annual law enforcement marriage retreat. My best contact number is my cell: (858) 442-6417; or else my home office (858) 486-1926. My E-mail is

I have been married to Debbie since ’84, who enjoys home schooling our four children, Caleb (’88) and Nathan (’90) now in college, and Anna (’93) and Christa (’95). My life interests also include focused time and travel with my family, firearms, running, weight lifting and chorus singing at church.

Some major incidents of involvement:

  • PSA Crash Flight 182, 1978
  • Ebletoft and Tiffany homicide SWAT response, 1981
  • Los Angeles World Olympics, Tactical Squad Security Unit, 1984
  • Heaven’s Gate Homicides, 1997
  • Pat Coyle Helicopter crash, 1997
  • Santana School Shooting, 2001
  • 2003 and 2007 County Firestorms
  • Miramar Jet crash into residences, 2009
  • Ken Collier fatal collision, 2010
  • Chealsea King/Amber Dubois, 2010
  • Chris Wilson death, 2010


  • BS, Criminal Justice Administration, SDSU, 1977>
  • SDPD Academy Basic Training Certificate, 1978
  • Basic CA POST Certificate, 1979
  • Intermediate CA POST Certificate, 1980
  • SDPD SWAT Academy Training Certificate, 1980
  • Advanced CA POST Certificate, 1984
  • Master of Divinity, Talbot School of Theology, BIOLA University, 1987
  • Certificate of Ordination, Christians In Government, 1993
  • Basic and Advanced CISM Training, ICISF
  • Peer Support Training from The Counseling Team, SDSO
  • Training Certificate, Role of Pastoral Care Provider in CISM, ICISF
  • Office for Domestic Preparedness, WMD Incident Command Course (COBRA), Center for Domestic Preparedness, 9/2-6, 2003, Anniston, GA
  • Pastoral Crisis Intervention I, ICISF
  • Pastoral Crisis Intervention II, ICISF
  • Grief Following Trauma, ICISF
  • Emergency Management Institute, FEMA, IS-00100, Intro. to the Incident Command System
  • Emerg. Mgt. Inst., FEMA, IS-00200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • Basic Course CA POST Training Certificate for Law Enforcement Chaplain, Law Enforcement Chaplain Consortium