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Inspector Charles Thomas “Charlie” Smith is a main character in NYPD Emergency Services Unit, a fanfiction story written by Little_kingsfan2005. He is a wholly original character – a product of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Appointed Commanding Officer of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit by Commissioner Frank Reagan, Charlie Smith is the head of the most specialized unit of the New York City Police Department.  He commands over 500 uniformed officers and civilian support staff.

Biography Edit

Early life and family Edit

Born March 10, 1958 in New York City, Charlie is the oldest of five children.

During his teenage years, Charlie became a Red Cross-certified lifeguard and spent every summer from age 14 to 18 supervising the local swimming pool; he also participated in his high school swim team. He has kept up with his qualifications while working for the NYPD. He holds a first degree black belt in Shotokan karate.

He is a confirmed bachelor; he never married and has no children, although he is a loving brother and doting uncle to his siblings and their children. His oldest niece, Kim, is a graduate of the New York City Police Academy Class of 2015.

Raised in the Christian faith, Charlie may not attend church every Sunday, but he remains a spiritual man and close friends with NYPD Chaplain Brett Jenson, whom he recruited to his staff.

Service Edit

United States Coast Guard Edit

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After graduating from high school in 1976, he spent six years in the United States Coast Guard, ultimately reaching the rank of Operations Specialist 2nd Class. After spending almost three years on the U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw (WAGB-83) patrolling the Great Lakes, he volunteered to attend Emergency Medical Technician school at Training Center Petaluma, CA and passed the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians–Basic test. He was then assigned to the U.S.C.G.C. Polar Sea (WAGB-11) and completed a tour of duty in the northern polar region. Upon the completion of his enlistment, Charlie opted not to reenlist, but instead go to college and then join the NYPD.

After his discharge, he attended college at the Bronx Community College, where he earned his associate’s degree in criminal justice.

New York City Police Department Edit

In 1985, at the age of 27, he completed training at the New York City Police Academy and became a Probationary Police Officer.

His first assignment was at the 61st Precinct in Brooklyn, where he was partnered with 15-year veteran Patrolman Jake Wilcox. After four and a half years, Charlie tried out for the NYPD Harbor Unit & Scuba Team.

Harbor Unit Edit

Charlie spent the entire 1990s assigned to a variety of positions within the Harbor Unit, including crewman on the patrol boat, diver, and shore duty at Harbor Unit Headquarters.

9/11 Edit

On 9/11, Charlie was the swing-shift Sergeant at Harbor Unit. He was at home when the first plane struck the North Tower at 8:46AM, and was on his way to the scene to see how he could help when the second plane crashed into the South Tower. That day, he worked for almost 36 straight hours, assisting with the evacuation of civilians out of Lower Manhattan. For their actions that day, the entire Harbor Unit, including Charlie, was awarded the NYPD Unit Citation.

Emergency Services Unit Edit

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In 2002, Charlie transferred to the Emergency Services Unit, where he served as the patrol supervisor for ESS-9 in South Queens with the rank of Lieutenant.

In 2005, Charlie deployed with more than 300 NYPD officers to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to assist law enforcement efforts. After returning to New York, he took the Captain’s exam, and was promoted to ESU detachment commander, Patrol Borough Staten Island. For the next six years, he was in charge of overseeing all ESU operations in the borough.

In 2010, it was announced that the Deputy Commander of ESU was retiring after a twenty-five-plus year career, effective January 1, 2011, and Charlie was selected to relieve him. After a few years, he was promoted again, and assumed his current post.

ESU Commander Edit

Charlie’s current position is Commanding Officer of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit, stationed at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. His immediate superior is Assistant Chief Michael Vaughan, Commander of the Special Operations Division.

Determined not to be a desk jockey, Charlie makes it a habit to ride along with at least one of his subordinate commands a week. Although he’s in good shape for a man his age, it quickly became apparent that he’s not as young as he used to be.

Shortly after taking command, Charlie created a “jack-of-all-trades” ESU team (coined Jack Squad), consisting of members of the various divisions and units that respond to crises throughout the five boroughs (and beyond, if requested), to supplement the existing Emergency Service Squads. He selected Capt. Mike Hunter, a veteran SWAT officer, for command, along with a close quarters combat expert, a bomb tech, a computer specialist, a paramedic, and a hostage negotiator. After six months, the team proved to be a success, leading to the establishment of more Jack Squads around the city.

Senior staff Edit
  • Executive officer – Captain Joseph William “Joe” Black, M.P.A., NYPD Emergency Services Unit
  • Personal assistant – Kira Matsumoto
  • Intelligence officer – Detective 2nd Grade Tariq Khan, NYPD Emergency Services Unit
  • IT specialist – Detective-Specialist 3rd Grade Malcolm Kendrick, NYPD Emergency Services Unit
  • Comptroller – David Turner, EA, NYPD Emergency Services Unit
  • Legal advisor – Lieutenant Kerry Sheppard, J.D., NYPD Emergency Services Unit
  • Unit Chaplain – Chaplain (Pr.) Brett Jenson, NYPD Emergency Services Unit

He also has liaison officers from the Detective and Patrol Bureaus, JTTF, New York City Fire Department, New York State Police, and more with whom he and his staff coordinate operations around the city.

Education Edit

  • 1976 – United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, NJ
  • 1977 – Operations Specialist “A” School, Training Center Petaluma, CA
  • 1980 – Emergency Medical Technician School, Training Center Petaluma, CA
  • 1984 – Associate of Arts degree in Criminal justice – Bronx Community College, NY
  • 1985 – New York City Police Academy, NY

List of assignments Edit

United States Coast Guard Edit

  • 1976–1976 – Recruit, Recruit Training Command – United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, NJ
  • 1976–1977 – Student, Operations Specialist “A” School – Training Center Petaluma, CA
  • 1977–1980 – Operations Specialist, U.S.C.G.C. Mackinaw (WAGB-83) (Home port: Coast Guard Station Cheboygan, MI)
  • 1980–1980 – Student, Emergency Medical Technician School – Training Center Petaluma, CA
  • 1981–1982 – Operations Specialist, U.S.C.G.C. Polar Sea (WAGB-11) (Home port: Coast Guard Station Seattle, WA)

New York City Police Department Edit

  • 1985–1987 – Probationary Police Officer, NYPD 61st Precinct
  • 1987–1990 – Patrol Officer, NYPD 61st Precinct
  • 1990–1992 – Boat crewmember, NYPD Harbor Unit
  • 1992–1993 – Staff officer, NYPD Harbor Unit Headquarters
  • 1994–1997 – Diver, NYPD Scuba Team
  • 1997–1999 – Diver, NYPD Emergency Services Unit
  • 1999–2002 – Shift Supervisor, NYPD Harbor Unit
  • 2002–2005 – Patrol Supervisor, NYPD ESS-9 (South Queens)
  • 2005 – Detached duty, Hurricane Katrina relief effort
  • 2005–2010 – ESU Detachment Commander, Patrol Borough Staten Island
  • 2011–2015 – Deputy Commander, NYPD Emergency Services Unit
  • 2015–Present – Commanding Officer, NYPD Emergency Services Unit

Partners Edit

  • Officer Jake Wilcox, NYPD – A fifteen-year veteran patrolman who served as Charlie’s training officer at the 61st Precinct.

Awards and decorations Edit

United States Coast Guard Edit

The following are the medals and service awards worn by OS2 Charlie Smith.

Badges Edit
  • Cutterman insignia
Medals & Ribbons Edit
  • Coast Guard Achievement Medal
  • Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal
  • Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
  • Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon
  • Coast Guard Honor Graduate Ribbon
  • Coast Guard Expert Rifleman Medal
  • Coast Guard Expert Pistol Shot Medal

He also wears one service stripe, indicating 4 years of service.

New York City Police Department Edit

The following are the medals and service awards worn by Inspector Charlie Smith.

  • American Flag Breast Bar
  • World Trade Center Breast Bar
  • NYPD Meritorious Police Duty
  • NYPD Excellent Police Duty
  • NYPD Unit Citation
  • Emergency Medical Technician Breast Bar
  • US Coast Guard Service Breast Bar
  • NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar

As of 2015, wears six blue hash marks on his uniform sleeve (indicative of 30 years of service).

Effective dates of promotions Edit

  • 1985 – Officer
  • 1999 – Sergeant
  • 2002 – Lieutenant
  • 2005 – Captain
  • 2011 – Deputy Inspector
  • 2015 – Inspector

Miscellaneous Edit

  • Is naturally left-handed, but has taught himself how to do certain things with both hands (particularly shoot) 
  • Favorite sport: basketball 
  • Recreational activity of choice: swimming 
  • Does not like to fly 
  • Drives a Cadillac Escalade EXT 
  • Carries a Colt MK IV Series 80 Combat Elite in .45 ACP with a Surefire 310R weaponlight as his duty weapon 
    • Also carries a Smith & Wesson HRT pocket knife 
    • Proficient with the Colt M4A1 Carbine in 5.56×45mm, Heckler & Koch MP5 in 9x19mm, Ithaca 37 12 Gauge shotgun, and more 
    • Owns a bolt-action Remington 700 in .308 Winchester, Beretta 92FS in 9×19mm, Glock 19 in 9×19mm, SIG-Sauer P226 in 9×19mm, and Colt Python in .357 Magnum 

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