Lieutenant Barbara Smith is dedicated to helping young people prevent domestic violence, a passion that stems from her own experience surviving domestic violence as a child. At a young age, Lt. Smith witnessed her mother being abused by her boyfriend. She would try to protect her mother from the abuser, and in one incident she was assaulted for attempting to intervene. It was in that moment Lt. Smith knew she would commit her life to helping others.
Lieutenant Smith became a law enforcement officer at the age of 23 and early in her career became involved in community outreach programs. She engages youth and young adults through mentoring programs to recognize red flags for domestic violence and prevent it before it begins.
With more than 15 years in law enforcement, Lieutenant Smith is known for building strong relationships with the community. She started with the City of Hyattsville Police Department, where she was assigned to patrol and later to the Community Policing Unit. Lieutenant Smith also served as a background investigator and recruiter and is the recipient of several awards, including a Life-Saving Award. Tapped to help start their community policing unit, Lt. Smith worked as a part-time officer with the Capitol Heights Police Department.
In 2011, Lieutenant Smith joined the Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) Police Department where she leads training for students and employees in the areas of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, gender-based violence, drinking & driving, active shooter incidents, and drug education programs.
In 2019, Lieutenant Smith completed the Executive Leadership Development Program of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
She became the Clery Officer for PGCC in 2020.
For her dedication to ending domestic and gender-based violence and her abiding commitment to community policing, we proudly recognize Lieutenant Barbara Smith as a Game Changer.