Curtis Smith was first appointed to the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations by Mayor Tom Murphy in 1995.
Commissioner Smith, a graduate of the Allegheny County Police Academy, is a state-certified policeman, a police officer for the Department of Public Safety at the University of Pittsburgh, and a self-defense instructor. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Social Sciences, Commissioner Smith devoted his energies to the martial arts. Commissioner Smith holds a master rank in Jujitsu, Shotokan, Kwanmuzendokai Karate, and the Hong Kong Athletic Association Global Martial Arts. He has trained over 6,000 individuals in the police & security field and thousands in the martial arts.
Commissioner Smith is the author of The BYAM Method of Self-Defense, which teaches his philosophy and methods of defense and training, and owns his own company, Universal Professional Training, which offers karate lessons for underprivileged youth and teens. He is a national police instructor of impact weapons for the Security and Law Enforcement Training Department under the United States Veterans Administration Medical Center, a chemical instructor under the Mace Security International Law Enforcement Division, and a tactical instructor for BTLS.
Commissioner Smith received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in 2005. His BYAM (Buy Yourself a Minute) Self-Defense Program was featured in the US News and World Report’s 2009 America’s Best Colleges Edition. Commissioner Smith has also been voted “Best Cop” or the runner up every year since 2004 in The Pitt News’ annual “Best Of… Edition.” Commissioner Smith also participates in the Kinder Kinetics and Saturday’s Kids programs at the University of Pittsburgh, is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and is a police instructor at the Criminal Justice Training Center of Pennsylvania.