Smith County
Sheriff's Office

(903) 590-2661

227 N. Spring Avenue
Tyler, Texas 75702

Lieutenant Paul Black


Lieutenant Paul Black
Criminal Investigation Division Commander
(903) 590-2684

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Possesses over twenty-five years of law enforcement experience which has allowed him to effectively lead performance driven teams to accomplish a common goal and or mission.  His career has prospered throughout his profession and he has successfully negotiated an array of missions.  His career began overseas in Vietnam as a Marine in the United States Marine Corp.  This training developed and led him to various other roles beginning in law enforcement with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer/dispatcher. After finishing the East Texas Police Academy in 1979I he was employed briefly with the Henderson, Texas Police Department as a patrol officer.  


He was employed by the Tyler Texas Police Department (August, 1979) where he began as a patrol officer then was later assigned to the police department special investigations unit. During this four year assignment he quickly developed an ability to work confidential informants that lead to a number of high profile investigations that lead to numerous convictions. In 1996 he was assigned to the United States Drug Enforcement Task Force as a Task Force Investigator, deputized first through the United States Marshal's Service and later deputized through The Drug Enforcement Administration. As a DEA Task Force Investigator he continued to grow the skills that it takes to work high profile cases through the initial investigations through convictions in state and federal courts. He served as a DEA Task Force Investigator for ten years mirroring DEA Special Agent duties.  In 1997 he was employed as a Lieutenant through the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Texas Narcotics Control Program.

In 1998 he started a private investigation business and continued operating this business until 2007 when he made the decision to go back into public service.

He was hired by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service (2007) as a special investigator. After a short period of time he was promoted to Special Investigator Program Director where he supervised twenty special investigators out of region three (3) Dallas, Texas, in child abuse investigations. While serving in this position he was named coordinator for the Drug Endangered Children’s Coordinator for CPS Region Three. In this position he was able to help develop a program through Child Protective Services, The Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Law Enforcement Community where CPS and law enforcement worked together to identify drug endangered children and follow through with protecting and providing the assistance these children needed. In 2013 I was employed with Texas Health and Human Services (Office of Inspector General Internal Affairs) officed at Tyler, Texas.  As an Internal Affairs Investigator he was charged with investigating employee criminal and policy violations.

In January 2013, he was employed by Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith as a Lieutenant of the Special Investigations Division.  In January of 2015 he was given the responsibility of supervising the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division where he currently serves as a Lieutenant.

TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

United States Marine Corp (Vietnam Veteran)

Associate Degree Dallas County Community College

Studied at the University of Texas at Tyler (105 semester hours)

East Texas Police Academy (Kilgore College)

United States Drug Enforcement (Drug Commander Academy Quantico, Virginia)

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (Master Peace Officer Certification)

Texas Health and Human Services (CPS Academy) Arlington, Texas

Texas Health and Human Services (Office of Inspector General, Austin, Texas)

TCOLE Total Continuing Education Hours (910)

TCOLE Total Continuing Education Hours from College Credit Hours (2100)

Numerous specialized training hours through the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (Not cataloged above)

INSTRUCTIONAL EXPIERIENCE: 

United States Attorney’s Office:  Presented “Drugs and Violence” Seminar

Marijuana Conferences:  Speaker at Marijuana conferences in Florida, Nevada and Oklahoma

Tyler, Texas:  Presented “Texas War on Drugs”

Waco, Texas:  Presented “Crack, Speed, and ICE”

Texas:  Traveled throughout Texas instructing on “Drug Endangered Children training for law enforcement and Child Protective Services

AWARDS & HONORS 

Rookie of the Year (1980)  - Tyler, Texas Police Department

Plain Clothes Officer of the Year (1984) - Tyler, Texas Police Department

Internal Revenue Service Letter of Appreciation - Internal Revenue Service

30 Letters of Commendation (1979-1996) - Tyler, Texas Police Department

Smith County Peace Officer of the Year (1988)  - Smith County Peace Officers Association

Smith County Peace Officer of the Year (1990) - Smith County Peace Officers Association

Letter of Recognition (1990) - United States Attorney Bob Wortham

Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation (1985) - United States Department of Justice

Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation (1988)  - United States Department of Justice

Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation (1989)   - United States Department of Justice

Drug Enforcement Administration, Administrators Award (1993) - United States Department of Justice

Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation (1996) - United States Department of Justice

Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation (1996)  - United States Department of Justice

Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Service - Department of Public Safety, Austin, Texas

Tyler Police Department Commendation Award (1996) - Tyler Police Department

30 Letters of Commendation (1979-1996) - Tyler, Texas Police Department

Special Investigator of the Quarter (2008)  - Department of Family Protective Services (Region Three, Dallas, Texas)               

Agent of Change Award (2011) - Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council (Drug Endangered Children)

DFPS Tomorrow Mentoring Appreciation Award (2009) - Department of Family & Protective Services

Special Investigations Unit of the Year Award (2013)  - Smith County Sheriff’s Office

NOMINATIONS WITH SUPPORT LETTERS: 

Texas Narcotics Officer of the Year (1990) - Texas Narcotics Officers Association

International Narcotics of the Year (1996) - Drug Enforcement Administration                        

Enrique Camarena Award (1994) - Nominated by Smith County District Attorney

227 N. Spring Avenue
Tyler, Texas 75702

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