‘Code 4’ author opens HCLL fall series

Terry Smith had a 37-year career in law enforcement, including homicide investigations with the Minnesota BCA.

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Terry Smith, the author of "Code 4: True Stories from a 37 Year Police Veteran," will share his experiences with the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning on Sept. 13, 2022 at the Park Rapids Armory.
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The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning (HCLL) opens its fall series Tuesday, Sept. 13 with Terry Smith presenting “My Career in Law Enforcement.”

HCLL events run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Armory Arts and Events Center in Park Rapids.

After serving in a variety of law enforcement positions, Smith published “Code 4: True Stories from a 37 Year Police Veteran” in 2021.

He began his career in 1966 with the Bloomington Police Department, then went on to serve 30 years with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). He worked as a uniformed officer, an undercover narcotics agent, an organized crime investigator, a SWAT commander and a homicide detective.

Smith’s cases included the investigation of the abduction and homicide of Julie Holmquist. During his last 17 years on the job, he ran a squad of homicide investigators for the BCA.


Smith recently told the Bemidji Pioneer, “I’ve always had a very excellent memory. I also kept newspaper clippings from just about every significant case I was involved in.”

Smith said these things, as well as consulting others who were involved in his cases, ensured that what you read in his book is what actually happened.

The book will be available to purchase at the program. The program is open to the public, free of charge and handicap accessible.

Featured guests are the Nevis Women Club, which has received a $27,200 grant from the Minnesota DNR to create a first-of-its-kind, pollinator-friendly corridor along a state trail.

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