Officer Austin Smock grew up in southern Illinois. He attended Southeastern Illinois College, where he graduated with an associates degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to applying for our department, he completed an internship with a Sheriff’s Office in southern Illinois. Even after his internship had finished, Officer Smock continued to put in several hours of his own time with the same agency, to gain as much experience as possible. Officer Smock was hired by the LeClaire Police Department in May of 2022 and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in December 2022.