CAMDEN, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — On Friday, March 24, 2023, officials of the Camden Police Department announced that Officer L.C. “Buckshot” Smith is retiring from law enforcement after 60 years of service.

“Camden Police Department treated me nice,” said Smith at his retirement celebration.

On March 31, 2023, citizens and officials celebrated Officer Smith at the Business and Technology Development Center to honor his major milestone.

“He made the decision that we were all waiting on when that day was going to be… and it’s today,” expressed Camden Police Chief Boyd Woody.

Residents say Smith is a staple in the community and he is well-known nationwide as a living legend.

“He has done so much in the community and you can’t ask for a better example. He didn’t just talk the talk. He walked the walk. You could get quantity and where you can’t get quality anywhere. Buckshot is quality,” explains Eric who attended Friday’s event to honor Smith.

Photo courtesy of the Camden Police Department

Smith plans to kick off his retirement with some of his favorite activities… hunting and fishing.

The KTVE/KARD family would like to congratulate Officer Smith on his retirement and we thank him for his service to Camden, Ark.