Arkansas cop, 91, has no plans to retire

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Meet 91-Year-Old Arkansas Police Officer Who Says He Will Only Retire “ When the Good Lord Says So ”

  • Known as Buckshot, LC Smith has spent nearly 60 years with the police force in his hometown of Camden, Arkansas.
  • Smith, who turns 92 next month, currently works for the Camden Police Department and is the oldest active police officer in the state
  • He has worn a law enforcement badge since 1963 and has no plans to retire
  • He worked as a deputy for the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department for over 46 years before joining the police force
  • He currently works for the police force four days a week and works as a bailiff, community watch and assists with patrols.
  • Smith still carries a gun, but the local mayor said he would never have to use it because he knows everyone’s mother

Known as Buckshot, LC Smith has worked in the police force for nearly 60 years in his hometown of Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock.

An Arkansas police officer who is still on duty at the age of 91 insists that he will only retire if the “good Lord says so.”

Known as Buckshot, LC Smith has worked in the police force for nearly 60 years in his hometown of Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock.

Smith, who turns 92 next month, currently works for the Camden Police Department and is the oldest active police officer in the state.

He has worn a law enforcement badge since 1963 and has no plans to retire.

When asked when he will step down, Smith said CNN: ‘If the good Lord says so’.

Smith, nicknamed Buckshot as a teenager, still patrols the street where he was born and raised.

He worked as a deputy for the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department for over 46 years.

Smith, who turns 92 next month, has been wearing a law enforcement badge since 1963.  He worked for over 46 years as a deputy for the Ouachita County Sheriff's Department (pictured above)

Smith, who turns 92 next month, has been wearing a law enforcement badge since 1963.  He worked for over 46 years as a deputy for the Ouachita County Sheriff's Department (pictured above)

Smith, who turns 92 next month, has been wearing a law enforcement badge since 1963. He worked for over 46 years as a deputy for the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department (pictured above)

Smith, who turns 92 next month, currently works for the Camden Police Department and is the oldest active police officer in the state

Smith, who turns 92 next month, currently works for the Camden Police Department and is the oldest active police officer in the state

Smith, who turns 92 next month, currently works for the Camden Police Department and is the oldest active police officer in the state

He patrolled and worked in the Criminal Investigations Division at the time.

Smith had a brief taste of his retirement after stepping down from the sheriff’s department in September 2010.

But his retirement lasted only five months before he joined the Camden Police Department.

“Camden police wanted me to come to work, so I came,” he said. “I don’t fish, I don’t hunt … so I wouldn’t have anything else to do.”

He currently works for the police four days a week from 07:00 to 15:00.

His duties include being the department’s bailiff and helping with the community watch program.

He currently works for the police four days a week from 07:00 to 15:00.  Smith still carries a gun, but the local mayor joked that he would never have to use it because he knows everyone's mother

He currently works for the police four days a week from 07:00 to 15:00.  Smith still carries a gun, but the local mayor joked that he would never have to use it because he knows everyone's mother

He currently works for the police four days a week from 07:00 to 15:00. Smith still carries a gun, but the local mayor joked that he would never have to use it because he knows everyone’s mother

Smith was on a short-term retirement after stepping down from the sheriff's department in September 2010 (above).  But his retirement lasted only five months before he joined the Camden Police Department.

Smith was on a short-term retirement after stepping down from the sheriff's department in September 2010 (above).  But his retirement lasted only five months before he joined the Camden Police Department.

Smith was on a short-term retirement after stepping down from the sheriff’s department in September 2010 (above). But his retirement lasted only five months before he joined the Camden Police Department.

Smith also conducts traffic stops, patrols school zones, and assists with funerals and parades.

Camden Mayor Julian Lott said CBS that Smith carries a gun but has an even more powerful tool at his disposal.

“He knows your mother and he knew your grandmother,” Lott said.

“So he has the authority to speak in our lives.”

It’s not clear if Smith was ever married or has children, but when he’s not on patrol, he likes going to church and “ spending time with his girlfriend, ” according to CNN.

Throughout his decades-long career, Smith says he has taken more people home, such as children, during his patrols than to prison.

He insists that being a good officer is not about the number of arrests, but rather about having compassion for the civilians.

“This badge and this gun don’t make you a cop. You have to respect people, ”he said.

He worked as a deputy for the Ouachita County Sheriff's Department for over 46 years before joining the local police.

He worked as a deputy for the Ouachita County Sheriff's Department for over 46 years before joining the local police.

He worked as a deputy for the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department for over 46 years before joining the local police.

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