Former Assistant Commissioner of Police Nuffield Burnette is remembering retired Commissioner Truehart Smith, who will be laid to rest today, June 22, following a funeral service at the St. George Anglican Church.
Burnette, who worked closely with Smith for many years, says he was a lover of music and was devoted to his church.
Smith died in The Cayman Islands while receiving medical treatment, and the rank and file of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda are still mourning his passing.
The late Commissioner has been described as a strict disciplinarian, a man of impeccable deportment, and an extraordinary criminal investigator. Many said that Smith’s physical presence represented strong policing in areas of deportment and in paying attention to detail.
Smith joined the Force on July 11, 1962, came up the ranks, and was appointed to head the Force from 1999 to 2003.
During his career, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) and was honoured with The Most Illustrious Order of Merit (OM) for distinguished contribution to the Force.