Barry G. Smoot

Barry is a lifelong resident of Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies.  He worked as an investigator for a renowned attorney and judge, Brocton Lockwood, where he was exposed to the highest level of training in the field of law and investigations. Barry began working for the State of Illinois as an investigator where he worked as an investigator, investigative trainer, and chief of security.  Barry’s career work primarily focused on investigations of abuse and neglect committed against vulnerable populations.  He has received extensive training at both the state and federal levels focusing on investigations, interrogations, suspicious injury assessment, and deception detection.  In addition to conducting investigations, Barry has trained a multitude of people on investigative techniques relating to investigations involving vulnerable populations.  Barry has spoken at many conferences on the topics of identifying, reporting, and investigating abuse of vulnerable populations. 

In retirement, Barry’s goal is to be an advocate for vulnerable populations who have been victims of abuse or neglect.  Barry has launched his plan to accomplish his advocacy goals by the release of his book Failure to Protect and will be conducting speaking engagements with advocacy groups, parent’s organizations, and anyone willing to listen about ways to increase the protection of vulnerable populations.  

In 2022, Barry assumed the role of the lead investigator and victim’s advocate for the law firm Olson & Reeves which handles civil litigation and personal injury cases on behalf of vulnerable populations and their families who have been victims of abuse or neglect.