Officer Tommy Norman: Unique Community Policing
This was a website created so more folks could learn about the unique Community Policing in the neighborhoods of North Little Rock by dedicated Officer Tommy Norman.
Content is from the site's 2016 archived pages and other outside sources including Youtube videos and news reports about this officer.
The new owner of the domain registration, OfficerTommyNorman.com, wanted to keep this site live in order that the exception work of Officer Tommy Norman remains visible on the web.
Social media sensation Officer Tommy Norman came to the U of A to discuss his approach to community policing and what it means to be an agent of change.
An aside: My wife alerted me to a new story surrounding Officer Tommy Norman one afternoon while I was online doing a research for a story about new approaches towards the treatment of alcoholism. Think of the number of people you know who have a drinking problem that is serious enough so they ended up in rehab or are trying to follow a 12 step, abstinence free program AND have failed. Doctors in Europe have been prescribing as the primary treatment a medication called Baclofen to treat alcoholism. Unlike 12 step programs in the US that require abstinence such as AA, doctors in Europe are trying a new approach. They say that alcoholism is not a disease, but a symptom of a larger psychological issue. On the other hand you read about how the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) as a “chronic relapsing brain disease”. I had found a site online called LifeBac that offers a program which has two components: pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. The pharmacotherapy drug is baclofen. Their approach is designed to turn alcohol treatment upside down by putting the person with the problem at the top, not at the bottom of the treatment equation. Give that person all the tools to succeed, the power to choose their own path, their own goals, and how fast or slow they would like to get there. Give them medication so they control their drinking, not the other way around, a coach to motivate for habit change, a community of similar people to support and access to powerful behavior change programs.
I felt pretty good about my search results thus far, so I then directed my attention to the story my wife wanted me to read about Officer Tommy Norman. P.S. My wife is a big instagram fan of the officer. Well apparently "Everyone's Favorite Police Officer, Tommy Norman, Popped The Question To His Longtime Girlfriend." I have to admit, it is rather nice reading positive stories about cops. I am sure there are many more stories out there. Officer Tommy Norman, however, had discovered the power of social media and made good use of it. My wife was upset when he posted a video about a year ago saying that he could longer post such videos while on-duty. However that wasn't entirely accurate. The North Little Rock Police Department said they did not tell Norman that he couldn't post on social media. The department said they made Norman aware of a policy and any posts had to be approved through the Media Relations Unit. "The department greatly supports the work that Officer Norman has done and will continue to do in our community," the police department said in a statement. And sure enough, Officer Tommy Norman a year later is continuing to post pictures on Instagram with members of the community. After the engagement, Norman posted the following message on his Instagram page -- which is followed by more than one million people across the country, my wife included. "On behalf of our union, we would like to thank each of you near & far who support our love for each other! Last night was magical as I put a ring on it, and to share it with the world was an honor! I love @rosalynd_nicole so much! She makes me extremely happy! I'm thankful for what we share! So many memories! I'm excited for what the future holds! I thank God for sending me an angel!..." A big congrats to Officer Norman and his bride-to-be!
A Little Background Circa 2016
Every police interaction does not have to be a negative one and Officer Norman is changing that one person at a time. He has changed the way he approaches the community he patrols and is committed to building strong relationships with the residents.
For the News requesting to set up a interview with Officer Norman please contact Sgt. Brian Dedrick at Brian.Dedrick@nlrpolice.org
For donations please send gifts to: Officer Tommy Norman, 2525 Main Street, NLR, AR, 72114. Please include instructions on who is suppose to receive what
Officer Tommy Norman
I'm a police officer in NLR Arkansas who's committed to changing the world! I love my Arkansas Razorbacks & STL. Cardinals! My heart belongs to Rosalynd!
I serve a fantastic community in North Little Rock Arkansas with residents who will win your heart.
"If you can just take two minutes out of the day to go out and make a difference, whether checking on your neighbor if they're elderly, cutting someone's grass, or hold the door for someone. It's really just act of kindness and I think acts of kindness coming from a police officer means that much more to people because that's not something you're used to seeing." - Officer Tommy Norman
Officer Tommy Norman isn't your typical police officer.
Born to parents Modena and Dean Norman, Norman Graduated from Ole Main High School in 1990. Between 1991 and 1998, he worked many jobs in the nursing & mental health field. He worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Riley's Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home. Norman was also a mental health worker at Pinnacle Pointe Hospital (courtesy of interview with Mr. Norman).
Norman is known for building relationships within the communities he works in as it’s called positive community policing. For years Norman has amassed a positive reputation for police officers in North Little Rock, central Arkansas and beyond. Norman’s unorthodox approach to policing includes thousands of video posts, pictures and daily interactive engagement at the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Police Athletic League with those that he protects and serves. He uses social media [Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram] and a variety of ways to inspire the world, a world where too often police are seen in a negative light with brutality, abuse of force and poor relationships with citizens. He is credited for doing things like presenting 50 NLRSD students with backpacks and $50 gift cards from Shoe Carnival in August to purchase shoes, starting the “Shop with a Cop” program to help financially struggling students or just dancing with the children
Officer Tommy Norman, speaks at the 2017 Camden Chamber Banquet.