First Sergeant Smith is settling into new duties

WARSAW—Virginia State Police First Sergeant Troy H. Smith is proud to be serving the citizens of the Northern Neck in his new capacity as the Area 2 Commander.

His promotion from sergeant to first sergeant was effective January 10, following former Area 2 First Sergeant Jeremy S. Kaplan’s promotion to lieutenant. Area 2 encompasses the counties of Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Westmoreland and Richmond, reported Sergeant Stephan Vick.

Smith graduated the Virginia State Police Academy as a member of the 90th Basic Session in May 1994. His first patrol assignment was in the Richmond Division’s Area 3 Office, which includes Charles City, New Kent, King and Queen and King William counties. In January 2003, Smith transferred to Area 2 and was then promoted in November 2010 to sergeant and assigned to the State Police Administrative Headquarters in Richmond. In May 2013, he returned to Area 2 as a sergeant until his recent promotion.

As a trooper, Smith served as a member of the Richmond Division Crash Reconstruction Team and is a Tactical Field Force supervisor. The Department’s Tactical Field Force responds to various incidents within the Richmond Division and across the Commonwealth for search and rescue missions, crowd control and special security assignments. Smith’s father is a retired Virginia State Police trooper.

“We’re pleased to have Troy as one of our Richmond Division Area Commanders,” said Captain Steven L. Chumley, Richmond Division Commander. “His dedication to duty and broad public safety experience will be of great benefit to those living, working and visiting the Northern Neck.”

As lieutenant, Kaplan is assigned to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division at the State Police Administrative Headquarters in Richmond.