Executive Command Staff
Administrative Services Bureau
Major Christopher J. Smith began his career as a Reserve Police Officer with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department in 1992. After joining the Jupiter Police Department as a full-time officer in 1993, Major Smith served in several different components of the agency prior to being promoted through the ranks to his first Command Staff rank of Captain in 2011 and then Major in 2014. Major Smith has commanded all three bureaus of the Jupiter Police Department during his career. He has served as a Field Training Officer and was a founding member, and eventual team leader, of the Hostage Negotiation Team.
Major Smith dedicated a significant portion of his early career to community outreach and problem-oriented policing, being assigned to both Community Outreach and the Neighborhood Enhancement Team. He has also been involved in several major projects for the police department to include the first implementation of notebook computers in patrol vehicles, the transition to a new Records Management and Computer Aided Dispatch system, and the moving of the agency into a newly built facility. Major Smith spearheaded the reinstitution of an Explorer program for teens interested in law enforcement and served as the Explorer Advisor during the first three years of the program.
Major Smith is a Palm Beach County native and grew up in the community in which he serves. He has an Associate of Arts Degree from Palm Beach State College and is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. Major Smith is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #271.
Major Adam J. Hirsch serves as a Senior Executive Staff Officer for the Jupiter Police Department, and is assigned as the Commander of the Patrol Bureau.
Major Hirsch began his career with the Lake Worth Police Department in 1994. After joining the Jupiter Police Department in 1998, he was promoted to the ranks of Sergeant, Captain, and then Major in 2015. His prior assignments include: Administrative Services Bureau Commander, District Commander, Patrol Supervisor, Special Operations Division Supervisor, Field Training Officer, Street Crimes Agent, Honor Guard Commander, and Hostage Negotiation Team Commander. Major Hirsch has supervised or commanded units in all three bureaus within the Jupiter Police Department.
Major Hirsch holds an Associate in Arts Degree from Palm Beach Community College, a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University, a Master's Degree in Law Enforcement Executive Leadership from California Southern University, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville. Major Hirsch is also a graduate of the 139th Session of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course in Louisville, Kentucky.
Operations Support Bureau
In December 1996, Major Barbera was hired at the Jupiter Police Department as a Police Officer. He served as a Patrol Officer and eventually a Field Training Officer. He was a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team and Honor Guard. He then became a detective and was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division for 6 years. During his time as a detective, he was awarded Officer of the Year in 2001 for having a 72% clearance rate. He served with the Multi-Agency Gang Task Force of Palm Beach County and was part of several high profile cases. In 2007, Major Barbera was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit.
Major Barbera was promoted to Sergeant in 2009 and was a Road Patrol Supervisor for 3 years, before making Detective Sergeant and supervised the Criminal Investigations Division. During his time as Detective Sergeant, he was awarded Supervisor of the Year in 2011 and several other awards for his leadership.
Major Barbera was promoted to Captain in 2015 and served as a District Commander. He was responsible for all crime trends and activities within his district and had to report out to the Chief via CompStat every 2 weeks. He planned numerous special events and attended numerous community events where he discussed crime prevention and crime statistics to the public.
Major Barbera was promoted to Major in 2018 and is currently the Operations Support Commander. He is responsible of the Criminal Investigations Division and Special Operations Division which entails the Detective Bureau, Crime Scene, Computer Forensics, Street Crimes Unit, and the K-9 Unit.
Major Barbera has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University and a Master’s Degree in Criminology from Florida State University. He has attended the FBI’s Florida Executive Development Seminar, and FDLE’s Leadership Academy. He is also the Honor Guard Commander where he is in charge of planning all Honor Guard events including Line of Duty Death funerals, parades, ceremonies, and large scale events.