Bobby Smith


Visions of Courage: How to deal with the aftershock of traumatic events in our lives


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 primary 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.


Bobby Smith, a retired Louisiana State Trooper, is a recognized national/international 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.

Education & Experience

When speaking, Bobby shares his education and experiences of his 25 year law enforcement career. He also reveals the traumatic events of his life, including the incident on LA15 in March of 1986 when he was left blind after a shotgun blast to the face by a drug offender while in the line of duty. Bobby Began his career in criminal justice by studying at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and by working as a police officer at local police agencies and later advancing to the Louisiana State Police. His assignments have included patrol, investigations, narcotics, personnel and training. Bobby earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and after being shot, a Masters Degree in Education, and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. He has also earned various career certifications. See profile for a listing of certifications.
Nearly 20 years of speaking, Bobby has provided training and motivational presentations to over one million people. He has been interviewed by television, radio, magazine, and newspaper reporters from across the nation. Bobby has even hosted his own television and radio shows on dealing with trauma. Bobby has published two books thus far and produced a variety of audio/video training resources.

Training and Motivational Speaking Overview

In his trauma seminars, Bobby Smith discusses critical incident issues and how trauma affects the individual mentally, physically, emotionally, and behaviorally. Specific topics to be discussed include:

  • Police Personalities
  • Police Officer Areas of Stressors
  • What is a Critical Incident?
  • After-shock
  • The Five Levels of Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • The Grieving Process and Stages of Death or Losses
  • The B.A.D.G.E.

Bobby Smith discusses with a unique blend of seriousness and humor, how to deal with the tragedies of life. All of us experience the unfortunate reality of emotional and physical losses. Bobby teaches the importance of not taking a single day or person for granted. He further explains how we often learn as children that big boys don’t cry and that to ask for help is a sign of weakness. This results in the accumulation of grief and loss that we may be unwilling and sometimes unable to process. Bobby explains that we may choose to store the pain in what he refers to as a “closet.” However, avoiding or suppressing emotions does not mean they go away. Traumatic events often take their toil on one’s physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as impacting relationships and careers.

Seminar Testimonials

“By listening to Bobby, he has impacted me greatly and given me personal meaning in my life. I don’t take my profession for granted any more. I appreciate the value of family and just how important they are.”

“Seventeen years of law enforcement related classes and seminars, none have opened eyes as much as this one- by far the best presentation I’ve see yet!”

“Most inspirational speaker I have ever heard!”

“Bobby Smith is an authentic hero who has fallen, but with determinations has successfully triumphed over his adversities.”

“A life-enhancing experience, one of the most dynamic speakers I’ve ever heard”

“I never thought I would meet a man that had a clearer view of life than those of us that have our eyesight…”

“Bobby is an outstanding, motivating speaker who presents the reality of our profession, both personally and honestly.”

“Mr. Smith is a powerful speaker and speaks straight from the heart.”

“A man who has taught us how to survive the unexpected events in our lives.”

“Although robbed of his sight, Bobby has been given the gift of vision.”

“I highly recommend that all of our brothers and sisters in the law enforcement community hear Bobby speak and rekindle those values of honor, integrity, and morality.”


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