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Shot ; Blinded in the Line of Duty, Retired State Trooper Speaks About Post Traumatic Stress At UCO

March 18, 2013

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Speaker Series will welcome Bobby Smith, a retired Louisiana state trooper injured in the line of duty, to speak about post traumatic stress at 8 a.m., March 28 in Constitution Hall in the Nigh University Center on Central’s campus.           

“There are very few post-traumatic stress disorder speakers like Smith who talk about their personal experiences in such detail and have experience in urban environments,” said Elaine Bartgis, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

In March 1986, Smith was shot in the face and blinded by a drug offender while in the line of duty. As a result of his shooting and the aftermath of trauma, he realized the need for law enforcement officers to have assistance in dealing with post trauma.

Smith will share stories about his education and experiences of his 25-year law enforcement career. He will discuss critical incidents, issues and how trauma affects the individual mentally, physically, emotionally, and behaviorally.

“No one can escape traumatic experiences. We hope that attendees take away the knowledge that they can work through painful events. Bobby Smith’s story can help everyone who has or will experience life stressors,” Bartgis added.

Smith is an internationally recognized speaker who has addressed a variety of audiences, including law enforcement, government agencies, emergency medical teams, corporations, schools and churches. He also conducts training seminars and conferences.

Smith began his career in criminal justice by studying at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and then working as a police officer at local agencies, later advancing to the Louisiana State Police. His assignments included patrol, investigations, narcotics, personnel and training.

This event is free and open to the public.   

This event may qualify for CLEET training credit. There will be a sign-in for law enforcement professionals at the entrance of Constitution Hall.       

For more information, contact the College of Liberal Arts, at 405-974-5540 or visit