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Bobby E. Smith, Ph.D.
 
Office: (225) 302-5454
Office Cell: (417) 887-1142
bobbysmith@visionsofcourage.com

DEA Training Seminar in Minnesota
DEA Training Seminar in Minnesota
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE & CAREER OBJECTIVE

In 1986, working as a Louisiana State Trooper, I was shot in the face and blinded in the line of duty. As a result of my shooting and the aftermath of trauma, I realized the need for law enforcement officers to have assistance in dealing with post trauma. In 2001, I founded and currently serve as the Director of FORTE (Foundation for Officers Recovering from Traumatic Events). My on-going goal is to provide training and counseling for law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency services personnel, and their families going through various traumatic events. Based on my education and experience, I have become a renowned author and speaker, providing training and motivating people to overcome adversity. I have spoken in every major city across the United States and in several countries abroad. I average approximately 150 speaking engagements yearly and have addressed over one million people in my career.

Calgary, Canada
Calgary, Canada
Bobby has spoken to hundreds of organizations worldwide. Sample of past and present speaking venues:

 FBI National Academy- Quantico, VA
 DEA Training Academy- Quantico, VA
 Federal Law Enforcement Training Center-Glynco, GA
 Narcotic Officers Associations
 Employee Assistance Program
 Star Jones for the People Show, NY
 U.S. Customs
 U.S. Marshals
 National Public Radio interviews- featured guest
 University of Louisiana at Monroe & Louisiana University at Baton Rouge, Division of Public Health
 Department of Corrections
 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
 U.S. Attorney General's Office
 U.S. Park Police
 Police Academies (state and local)
 State Troopers Associations
 Time Warner Stock Holder Annual Conference
 U.S. Postal Service
 State Farm Insurance
 Northeast Louisiana Physicians Association
 U.S. Capitol Police
 IRS
 U.S. Department of Defense
 Cox Medical Center
 South Central Bell
 Federal Express
 International Police Chaplains Association and other chaplain associations
 Second Baptist Church, Bethany Full Gospel Church, Church of the Nazarene, and many others
 National DARE Program at high schools across the nation
 Law Enforcement Television Network, Dallas

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 National/International motivational speaker and trainer focusing on dealing with the aftermath of trauma
 Certified Law Enforcement Trainer, American Society of Law Enforcement #0577
 11 year police veteran
 Retired LA State Trooper shot in the face and blinded by a drug offender, 1986
 Ph.D. Counseling/Psychology; Masters of Education, emphasis in Exercise Physiology
 Certified Exercise Specialist, Kenneth Cooper Aerobics Institute
 Crisis Negotiator
 Critical Incident Stress Debriefed
 Author of "Visions of Courage" & "The Will to Survive"
 Commissioned Police Chaplain
 Founder/Director FORTE (Foundation for Officers Recovering from Traumatic Events)
 Police Peer Counseling
      Trooper Assistance Program
      Conflict Resolution, Career Track, Inc.
      Professional Residence, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Chemical Dependency Services
      Trauma, PTSD
 Military Order of the Purple Heart National Law Enforcement Citation, 1988
 Kiwanis International "Lawman of the Year", 1984, and U.S. Trooper of the Year, 1987
CAREER EXPERIENCE

2008 - PresentEstablished Trooper Assistance Program
Peer Support, Chaplaincy and CISM
2005 - PresentAUTHOR OF "The Will to Survive"
Suggested by readers to serve as a manual all law enforcement officers need to read
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2001 - PresentEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FORTE FOUNDATION
(Foundation for Officers Recovering from Traumatic Events) Member of the Society of Police & Criminal Psychology.
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2001 - PresentMEMEBER OF THE SOCIETY OF POLICE & CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGY
1999 - PresentNATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT INSTRUCTOR
DEA Training Academy (Quantico, VA)
1998 - PresentAUTHOR OF “VISIONS OF COURGAGE” THE BOBBY SMITH STORY
In it 3rd edition, The book describes the shooting and dealing with the aftermath of trauma. Sold over 20,000 copies.
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1987 - PresentNATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER, AUTHOR
1987 - PresentPRESIDENT OF Visions of Courage, Inc.
1997 - 2002LAW ENFORCEMENT INSTITUTE INSTRUCTOR-
Multi-Jurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training (St. Petersburg, FL)
1998 - 2000RADIO TALK SHOW HOST
KLIC The Wind (Monroe, LA)
1996 - 1997LIEUTENANT- PERSONNEL DIVISION
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office (Monroe, LA)
1995 - 1996TELEVISION TALK SHOW HOST
Louisiana Cablevision (West Monroe, LA)
1990 - 1995TRAINING COORDINATOR/PUBLIC RELATIONS
West Monroe Police Department (West Monroe, LA)
1983 - 1986LOUISIANA STATE TROOPER
Louisiana State Police - Troop F (Monroe, LA)
1979 - 1983POLICE OFFICER- NARCOTIC DIVISION
West Monroe Police Department (West Monroe, LA)
1975 - 1979PATROLMAN
Monroe Police Department (Monroe, LA)

EDUCATION

 Pacific Western University, Los Angeles, CA.
      Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychology
           November 2000
 University of Louisiana, Monroe, LA.
      Masters in Education, Exercise Physiology
           August 1991
      Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice
           May 1981

Training and Certification

Highlights:
 Police Peer Counseling Training, Meadow Wood Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
 Police Training
      Trauma of Police Officers, Shreveport, Louisiana
      Director of Peer Support, Chaplaincy and CISM through the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Office of State Police
      Certified Advanced Critical Incident Stress Debriefed, Baltimore, Maryland
      FBI Hostage Negotiation Seminar
      Louisiana State Police Academy (690 hours), Baton Rouge
      North Delta Regional Law Training Academy (490 hours)
 Certified Law Enforcement Trainer, American Society of Law Enforcement #0577
 Certified Exercise Specialist, Kenneth Cooper Aerobics Institute
 Crisis Negotiator
 Critical Incident Stress Debriefed
 Police Peer Counseling
      Conflict Resolution, Career Track, Inc.
      Professional Residence, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Chemical Dependency Services
      Trauma, PTSD
 Commissioned Police Chaplain

AWARDS & HONORS

Highlights:
 Personal meeting with President Ronald Reagan for Courage and Determination in the face of adversity
 Louisiana State Police "Trooper of the Year"
 Louisiana Lawman of the Year
 Military Order of the Purple Heart National Law Enforcement Citation
 Charter Member of the Republican National Committee Presidential Victory Team
 United States Capitol Police: Contribution to Law Enforcement honored with U.S. flag flown over the Capitol
 Military Order of the Purple Heart National Law Enforcement Citation, 1988
 Kiwanis International "Lawman of the Year", 1984, and U.S. Trooper of the Year, 1987
 U.S. Trooper/Police "Trooper of the year"
 U.S. Karate Association Police Award for Valor
 DEA certificate for courage and valor
 Law Enforcement Commendation Medal presented by the Enemund Meuillion Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
 State of Louisiana Service Injury Ribbon
 State of Louisiana Meritorious Service Award

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