Mark Smith Investigations    
PI 27675

About Us

Hello, my name is Mark Smith and I'm the owner of Mark Smith Investigations.  I recently retired from a 28 year law enforcement career. I spent the first 10 years of my career as a municipal police officer and detective in the San Francisco Bay Area. I spent the last almost 18 years as a Criminal Investigator and Lieutenant of Investigators for the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office. While working with the District Attorney I worked assignments in Homicide, Major Narcotics, Public Corruption, and Mortgage Fraud. I was most recently assigned to the FBI's San Joaquin Valley Mortgage Fraud Task Force and was cross-designated as a Special Deputy United States Marshal. I worked real estate and mortgage fraud cases enforcing both State and Federal law and helped to prosecute cases in both State and Federal Courts.

While with the District Attorney I spent seven years as a Lieutenant supervising a staff of Criminal Investigators and civilian employees. I supervised the District Attorney Investigations staff that was assigned to the Scott Peterson murder trial and I coordinated much of the logistics for the trial. Also while with the District Attorney I conducted numerous internal employee investigations for misconduct as well as numerous pre-employment background investigations. I also worked many criminal investigations involving government employees, including cases involving police officers and elected officials.

Prior to working for the District Attorney I spent three years in the private sector operating my own Private Investigations business under the same name I use now.   My previous California BSIS license was PI 14992.  I conducted mostly corporate internal investigations and insurance fraud investigations at that time.  I did work for David Morse & Associates as an Insurance Adjuster and adjusted property and auto damage claims as well as some fraud investigations for them.   I also have experience in counterfeit merchandise enforcement.

I currently hold three college degrees; an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice from Solano Community College, a Bachelor of Public Administration with an emphasis in Law Enforcement Leadership from the University of San Francisco, and Master of Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills. I am on the adjunct faculty in the Administration of Justice Departments of Modesto Jr. College, University of Phoenix, and Westwood College Online. I have attended hundreds of hours of in-service training during my law enforcement career.

I am a licensed private pilot and a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve.  I spent six years assigned to the 710th Military Airlift Sqaudran at Travis AFB where I was a loadmaster on the C-141 cargo aircraft.  I received an honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant.
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