On the outside, this might just seem like another older police officer. However, everyone knows this 91-year-old for an exceptional reason. This policeman doesn’t want to retire any time soon!
91-Year-Old Police Officer
91-year-old police officer Officer L.C. “Buckshot” Smith from Camden, Arkansas, drives around in an unmarked car every day. And while you might not think it, he’s one of the best cops in the state! And, after recently turning 91, Smith became the oldest police officer in the state! Of course, he’s not quite as fast he once was, but that doesn’t stop him from working hard. He works four days a week, preferring to walk among the people instead of sitting in the car. “This badge and gun don’t make a you a police officer. You got to respect people,” Smith said.
Smith comes from Camden, located about 100 miles from Little Rock, having lived there his entire life. He knew he wanted to become a police officer from his teen years, knowing it was the best way to serve the people. Not long after, Smith started Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department. Over the years, the 91-year-old has truly become a pillar of the community!
The Oldest Cop In The State
Smith earned his popularity with locals by working hard year after year. In fact, he didn’t stop working for the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department for over five decades! “I wore a lot of hats at the sheriff’s department. A lot of hats,” the 91-year-old recalled. After 46 years of service, Smith retired. However, it was not meant to last.
“I don’t hunt. I don’t fish,” Smith said. After realizing he could only watch so much television, he wanted to return to work. “The Camden Police Department kept calling me and wanting me to come work here,” he said. “I love law enforcement and I always wanted to be a police officer, so I accepted.” Just five months after retiring from Ouachita, Smith started working again, this time for Camden!
Always On Duty
Although Smith carries a firearm, and knows how to use it, the 91-year-old does not need guns. In fact, the Mayor of Camden, Julian Lott, says the police officer has much better weapons in his arsenal. “He knows your mama and he knew your grandmother. So he has the authority to speak into our lives,” Lott said.
Smith’s usual shift takes place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. four days a week. Sometimes he works five days – in case something serious is happening. Working so much each week, it’s very easy for the 91-year-old to make time to talk to the locals. Even when he’s not driving or walking the streets, he continues in other law enforcement positions. First of all, he’s the department’s bailiff. Secondly, he supports the watch program now, including escorting and patrolling.
“He does not want to retire. In his words, to me, he’ll retire when the good Lord tells him to,” said chief Boyd Woody.