Kasandra Smith, born in West Memphis, Arkansas, is the second of five children. Through her parents’ love and support with emphasis on family, helping others, work ethics, and education, she was imparted strong morals and methods to achieve goals. She was taught to remain loyal, dedicated, and persevere though all tasks. She is now the mother of two adult children of her own and a grandmother.
In 2000, Kasandra began her career as a Police Service Technician (P.S.T.) with the Memphis Police Department. Kasandra became a law enforcement officer with MPD where she dedicated her life to change, protect, empower, and save lives. While on the job, she earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management and a Master of Business Administration through Bethel University.
Through her work at the MPD, Kasandra has had the opportunity to work in units across the board including: Uniform Patrol Division, Organized Crime Unit, an Officer in School, Crisis Intervention Team, Special Victims Unit, the Vice Unit, the Criminal Apprehension Team, the Drug Unit, and the Community Outreach Program Unit. Because of this, Ms. Smith has extensive knowledge and experience of the many issues that need to be addressed in our community.
Due to personal experiences, Kasandra is a motivated advocate against domestic and sexual violence. In order to bring awareness and advocacy to this issue, she has created or assisted in creating several public events and groups including the Annual Shine the Light on Domestic Violence rally, the Memphis Support Project Unbreakable, and the Annual Race Against Sexual Violence 5K. In 2012, she became a member of the speaker bureau with RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) where she shared her story. In an effort to reduce domestic and sexual violence in Shelby County, she became the 2013 Vice President and 2015 President of the Memphis/Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council. Through her position on this council she has continued to advocate and work for the people of Shelby County, creating such events as Treasure of the Heart, a mother’s day event. She continued to serve by attending the Senator Tommy Burks Victim Assistance Academy at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga where she completed a week-long training in June, 2017.
Currently, Kasandra Smith works in the Community Outreach Program Unit in which she has implemented a Youth Crime Watch in Douglas High School in Memphis, Tennessee. She assists with organizing the annual Youth Crime Watch Conference in which over 900 students from within the Shelby County School district attended in October, 2017. Moreover, she is a motivational speaker for K-12 students concerning various topics, such as bullying, conflict resolution, respecting authority, self-respect, sexual violence, and domestic violence. Most importantly, she remains committed to enforcing laws while servicing, protecting, and engaging with communities to save lives and bridge the gap between communities and law enforcement officers.
Kasandra has been awarded many achievements throughout her career. These include:
- 2008: Dr. Gilliland Award for demonstrating a passion to help mental health consumers.
- 2013: Officer of the Month Award from NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) in recognition of significant leadership and outstanding contributions to the citizens of Memphis.
- 2014: S.I.S Award (Suffering in Silent) from the nonprofit Walking Into A New Life, Inc.
- 2016: Investigator of the Month in the Special Victim Unit
- 2016: Investigator of the Year in the Special Victim Unit
- 2017: Officer of the Month award from the Community Outreach Program Unit
- 2017: Officer of the Year award from the Frayser Exchange Club Foundation for providing outstanding services to the Frayser community.
Kasandra’s platform is H.E.L.P. This stands for Hope, Education, Life and Livelihood, Peace, and Protection. She knows that it is through these things, that Shelby County, and, Tennessee, will be able to move towards a future we can look forward to. Help is not on the way; it is already here! Thank you for your support.