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 search for Italian modern dining furniture displays. We had just finished a gut renovation on our newly bought condo in New York and had decided to buy new livingroom and dining room furniture. We both like cutting edge design whether it is architectural, fashion, furniture, or art. I had volunteered looking into Italian designed furniture which is well known for some striking modern looks. I found a great online site that afternoon for a furniture store in Philadelphia that is an authorized dealer of the most respected Italian furniture designers and manufacturers in the market today. I was familiar with some of the manufacture's names: Bonaldo, Cattelan Italia, Fiam Italia, Foscarini, Gamma Arredamenti, Pianca, Presotto Italia, Tonelli and Tonin Casa the store, room service 360, carried. The store proclaimed that they offered the most complete, most comprehensive, and most exclusive collections of contemporary furniture available. I was going to be in Philly the next week so I decided I would drop into their showroom to take a look around. I felt pretty good about my search results, 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.