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Betsy Brantner Smith

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Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith retired in 2009 as a 29-year veteran of the Naperville, IL Police Department. Beginning as a police dispatcher at age 17, Betsy became a police officer four years later and has held positions in patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, hostage negotiation, crime prevention and field training. She received her four year degree from Western Illinois University in 1991, and was a class officer and graduate of the Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety's School of Staff and Command in May of 2001.

As a sergeant, she supervised her department's K-9 Unit, served as a field training sergeant, recruitment team sergeant, bike patrol coordinator, Crowd Control Bike Team leader, and supervisor of the Community Education/Crime Prevention Unit. Betsy served on the Elderly Services Team, the Crisis Intervention Team, and was a proud founding supervisory member of NPD's Honor Guard Unit.

From 1999 - 2003 Betsy hosted various programs and was a content expert for the Law Enforcement Television Network, is currently an on-air commentator and advisor for the Police One Academy and was a featured character in the Biography Channelaaa€sA¬'s Female Forcesaaa€sA¬? reality show.

She has been a law enforcement trainer for over 20 years, a content expert and former instructor for the Calibre Press "Street Survival" seminar, and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and events throughout the United States, Canada and around the world. Since 1995, Betsy has authored hundreds of articles for law enforcement, government and civilian publications, and is a regular columnist for Police One, Police Link, Officer.Com and Law Officer.

Betsy is co-owner of Dave Smith & Associates. Together, Betsy and Dave develop and present cutting edge courses through Winning Mind Seminars, an Illinois based company. She can be reached through her website at