Meet Your Instructor

Danyle Smith

My background....

I am a police officer in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I began my career in law enforcement at the age of 18. I have had the opportunity to hold a variety of positions to include dispatch, patrol, detective and special agent. I had the privilege to work for the Jackson Police Department (Michigan), the Comanche County Sheriff's Office (Oklahoma), the Lawton Police Department (Oklahoma) and the Kansas Attorney General.

I am a certified state instructor to teach other police officers. I found I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and decided to expand my teaching beyond the law enforcement environment. I became an adjunct professor for Cameron University for several semesters. I quickly figured out I preferred teaching students who want to learn versus police officers who were made to attend a class. Due to a move, I could no longer teach in a classroom setting given the distance. So, here I am on the other side of a computer; not as a student, but as an instructor. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my love of the criminal justice system to others.

I have a wonderful daughter who is a high school senior. I am already having empty nest syndrome! I also have two little dogs that keep me company.

I enjoy playing the piano, fishing, hiking, softball and attending sporting events.

I do catch the travel bug several times a year. I have been known to come home after work, get on the internet to look up a random place to visit and then take off for a few days.

Please reach out to me in Canvas or by email ( with any questions you may have. We are here to help make your course successful and engaging for our students.