Bart Smith is originally from Gainesville, Texas. However, he began his career in law enforcement and gained valuable experience serving a two-year stint as a member of the Garden City, Kansas Police Department. Because Smith was already a certified police officer when he joined the ranks of the Ardmore Police Department, he was immediately placed in the Field Officer Training Program. Certification will fast track him to his solo assignment as a member of the patrol division.
Q: Why did he choose law enforcement as a career?
Like a lot of officers, I enjoy helping people. I wanted a career where I could assist people that needed help and provide a service to the community,” he said.
Q: Why did he seek a position with the APD?
“My wife and I have an 8-month-old baby boy and we have family ties here in Ardmore,” Smith explained.
Q: What are his goals as one of the APD’s newest officers?
“My interests in the job lie within in the patrol division. I enjoy the interaction with the public we serve and I like the diversity of being on the streets. No two days are ever the same and that keeps the job interesting and exciting. I’m an adrenaline junky,” he said, “I also want to move up in rank and see where that will take me.”
Q: What does he want the citizens to know?
“I’m dedicated to this job. I’m going to show up and do my job to the best of my ability every day, even though it’s tough to be a cop right now there are a lot of good cops on the job and this is a good police department,” Smith said. “We’re here to do the right thing — protect and serve, not just some time, but all the time.”
“We are looking forward to Officer Smith being part of our department and community,” said APD Deputy Chief Kevin Norris. “Officer Smith brings a couple of years of experience with him and is a certified police officer. Anytime that we can get an experienced officer, whose previous department did not want them to leave, is a good thing for us.”