Stephen Z. Smith retired from the Montgomery Police Department in Montgomery, Alabama in 2001 after 20 years of service. He started his career at nineteen years old as a police cadet working for a year and half before attending the Montgomery Police Academy. He turned twenty-one years old while in the academy and after graduation was assigned to third shift patrol. Throughout his career he has worked in traffic, crime scene investigation and on a high profile zero tolerance drug unit before retiring from 2nd shift patrol as a senior training officer. He retired at 39 years old and is currently employed with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Alabama as a Crime Scene Technician. He also teaches Crime Scene Investigation to other law enforcement agencies. While with the police department, he organized the local Cops for Christ group in 1992 which led to the creation of the River Region Chaplain Service. This ministry provides chaplains to assist law enforcement officers and fire fighters with pastoral care and emotional support due to job related stress. He is certified through the International Conference of Police Chaplains (I.C.P.C) as a police chaplain and chaplain liaison.