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Norman Police Department (Oklahoma)

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Abbreviation  NPD
Population  118,040 (2014)
Formed  1919
Norman Police Department (Oklahoma)
Legal personality  Governmental: Government agency
Operations jurisdiction*  City of Norman in the state of Oklahoma, USA
Size  189.5 square miles (491 km)

Norman Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency in Norman, Oklahoma. Consisting of over 180 officers and 60 support staff, the department is the third largest in Oklahoma, and serves a population of over 100,000 people. The city can boast one of the lowest per capita crime rates in the nation. The department is headed by Keith L. Humphrey, a member of the department since 2011.



The Norman Police Department was established in 1919. Prior to this the law enforcement duties for the community was provided by Deputy U.S. Marshals, then a city marshal.

In 1924, the Norman Police employed four officers. By 1936, the staff had increased to eight officers. These officers worked twelve-hour shifts, seven days a week. By the mid 1930s, the department had one car which was operated twenty-four hours a day. There were also three officers who walked a foot beat in the downtown area on a twenty-four-hour-a-day basis. In 1938, four more officers were hired, with the shifts going to eight-hour shifts, six days a week.

In 1995 the Norman Police Department adopted Community Oriented Policing as the approach to solving problems in the community. Norman was divided into thirteen police beats with officers being assigned to the beats on a permanent basis. The Community Oriented Policing philosophy centers around building partnerships between the police and members of the community. Working together solutions to problems are discovered and cooperation leads to resolutions.


Some of the specialized assignments in the Norman Police Department are:

  • Bicycle Team
  • Bomb Squad
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • Emergency Response Team (SWAT)
  • Field Training Officer
  • Honor Guard
  • Physical Fitness Instructor
  • Pistol Team
  • Special Operations (Narcotics)
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • K-9
  • Fallen officers

    Since the establishment of the Norman Police Department, three officers have died in the line of duty.


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