They may not work at the same place, but that doesn’t keep people from thinking that Trent and Troy Smith are the same person, but as you’ll see, they are twins who appreciate more than just their brotherly bond. They are brothers in arms.

The life of an officer is filled with challenges and rewards, and for Trent and Troy Smith, they’ve spent years in a career they both love.

Trent and Troy Smith/Bannock and Power County Sheriff’s Deputies, “I really did this job to help people out. You know, one way or another. Whether they had a flat tire on the side of the interstate or their family is in complete chaos and you need to bring peace. That’s our main objective.”

It’s not uncommon to see that even though the Smith brothers aren’t identical, they have a lot in common.

Trent and Troy Smith/Bannock and Power County Sheriff’s Deputies, “A lot of people mistake us for not being fraternal like identical twins. We have a lot of interests. It’s weird sometimes we say the same things together without even trying. Oh yeah I’ll have people come up and say hey you stopped me last night there in American Falls and I’m like no I didn’t that’s my twin and your name’s Smith right, yup It’s Smith but different Smith.”

Born premature in Pocatello and raised in American Falls, these twin brothers have always been close and since they can remember have always wanted to be in this line of work.

Trent and Troy Smith/Bannock and Power County Sheriff’s Deputies, “Instead of playing cops and robbers we were playing cops and cops, together. And then we’d fight over it. You’re the bad guy no I’m the cop. No. So, it’s always been an interest with us.”

Both are sheriff’s deputies, Trent with Bannock County and Troy with Power County and both serve on the multi-county SWAT Team. While they can’t be with the same agency, that doesn’t keep them from maintaining close tabs on each other.

Trent and Troy Smith/Bannock and Power County Sheriff’s Deputies, “All the time, we text each other and call each other throughout the night. Most nights and sometime you get that bad feeling like yeah I better check on him. Or on your day off or something just to see like any other family would, except were up at weird hours.”

At just 33, they’ve been on the job for over 12 years, a career that has given them both many reasons to be proud but also an appreciation of having the other to lean on.

Trent and Troy Smith/Bannock and Power County Sheriff’s Deputies, “It’s nice to have kind of a coworker and a family member and you know kind of bounce ideas off of him throughout investigations just even to vent we’ll ask each other what do you think about this and he’ll do the same and we’ll talk about stuff and it makes it a little easier to deal with knowing he’s been through something similar.”

“Yeah, I totally agree. You have your friends of course but you know but they don’t necessarily know the job the ins and outs you know people have their assumptions about what police work is but we really know what is and we live it.”

It’s a bond that combines being twins, siblings, and brothers in arms, all in one.


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