91-Year-Old Police Officer Has No Plans to Retire



At 91 years of age, L. C. “Buckshot” Smith may just be the world’s oldest serving police officer, but he says he has no plans to retire just yet. Buckshot doesn’t move around as fast as he used to, but that hasn’t stopped him from patrolling the streets of Camden, Arkansas. After serving for 46 years as a deputy, he retired, but couldn’t stay away. He doesn’t hunt or fish, and all he's ever enjoyed doing is being a police officer. So, after five short months of retirement, he went back to work in his 80s — as a rookie cop. He loves serving his community and only plans to retire for good “when the good Lord tells me to.” He works from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. four days a week, serving as the police department’s bailiff and also helping with its Community Watch Program (traffic stops, patrolling school zones, escorting parades, etc.). Smith agrees that it’s not the gun or the badge that make him a good officer, but his respect for the people. Rather than making arrests, he tries to earn the respect of the people he serves, and claims to have taken more people home than to jail throughout his career.