Tommy Norman

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Tommy Norman (born August 22, 1972 in the Levy section of North Little Rock, Arkansas) is a longtime patrolman/officer who has worked for the North Little Rock Police Department since 1998.[ citation needed ] Norman has received national attention for his actions concerning the people of his community, most notably his charitable actions toward the youth within his jurisdiction.[ citation needed ]

North Little Rock, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

North Little Rock is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, across the Arkansas River from Little Rock in the central part of the state. The population was 62,304 at the 2010 census. In 2017 the estimated population was 65,911, making it the seventh-most populous city in the state. North Little Rock, along with Little Rock and Conway, anchors the six-county Little Rock–North Little Rock–Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is further included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock Combined Statistical Area with 902,443 residents.

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Early life and education

Norman was born to parents Modena and Dean Norman, and he graduated from Ole Main High School in 1990.[ citation needed ] Between 1991 and 1998, he worked many jobs in the nursing and mental health field.[ citation needed ] He worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Riley's Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home.[ citation needed ] Norman was also a mental health worker at Pinnacle Point Hospital.[ citation needed ]

Norman has two children and eight siblings.[ citation needed ]

Career

Norman is known for positive community policing. 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.[ citation needed ] He is credited for doing things like presenting 50 NLRSD students with backpacks and $50 gift cards from Shoe Carnival in August[ year needed ] to purchase shoes, starting the “Shop with a Cop” program to help financially struggling students or just dancing with the children. [1]

Community policing

Community policing, or community-oriented policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on building ties and working closely with members of the communities. A formal definition states:

"Community policing is a philosophy of full service personalized policing, where the same officer patrols and works in the same area on a permanent basis, from a decentralized place, working in a proactive partnership with citizens to identify and solve problems." —Bertus Ferreira

Boys & Girls Clubs of America organization

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a national organization of local chapters which provide after-school programs for young people. The organization, which holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code, has its headquarters in Atlanta, with regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, New York City and Los Angeles. BGCA is tax-exempt and partially funded by the federal government.

Police Athletic League

The Police Athletic League is an organization in many American police departments in which members of the police force coach young people, both boys and girls, in sports, and help with homework and other school-related activities. The purpose is to build character, help strengthen police-community relations, and keep children off illegal drugs.

National reception

Norman has gained national and international attention for his unconventional methods of law enforcement.[ citation needed ] The national and international expose of Tommy Norman came from a televised CNN News cable program on May 10, 2015 during an interview on Newsroom with its host Brooke Baldwin and her guest Atlanta activist and rapper Killer Mike. Killer Mike professes that Norman is "doing something right" and that is connecting with inner city youth, in particular minority communities of color. [2]

CNN American news channel

Cable News Network (CNN) is an American news-based pay television channel owned by AT&T's WarnerMedia. CNN was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel. Upon its launch, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage, and was the first all-news television channel in the United States.

Brooke Baldwin American television journalist

Brooke Baldwin is an American journalist and television news anchor who has been at CNN since 2008. Baldwin hosts CNN Newsroom from 2pm to 4pm ET.

Killer Mike Rapper and occasional actor from Atlanta, Georgia

Michael Santiago Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike, is an American rapper, actor, and activist. He is the founder of Grind Time Official Records, which he launched through the SMC and Fontana Distribution. Mike made his debut on "Snappin' and Trappin'" from OutKast's 2000 LP Stankonia, and later appeared on the Grammy-winning song "The Whole World", a single from Outkast's greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present...Outkast. He has since released five full-length albums as a solo artist.

He was also featured on the Today show on November 8, 2015. This report featured some of the day-to-day activities he does with the neighborhood and specifically how he is well liked by children. Reporter Kerry Sanders has coined the term “Social Media Cop” for him. [3]

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  2. http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/05/06/rapper-why-this-cop-is-doing-it-right.cnn
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