NLRPD says Officer Norman can post with approval on social media

NLRPD says Officer Norman can post with approval on social media

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- North Little Rock police officer Tommy Norman, who is known for his interactions with the community he polices, posted a video on Wednesday saying that he can longer post such videos while on-duty.

The North Little Rock Police Department responded Thursday expressing their support of Norman, but want to follow policy that requires officers to ask for permission before posting on social media while working. In a video, Norman said he was informed by superiors within the police department that he can’t post photos or videos on his social media pages while wearing his badge.

"There's a policy in effect at the police department that prohibits you from posting on-duty that is now going to be enforced," he said.

THV11 caught up with Norman Thursday where he said, “I was born for this, I was born to make a difference in the lives of others.”

The North Little Rock Police Department released a statement saying, “Officer Norman was not told that he could not post events on social media as he has done in the past. He was advised that we have a policy regarding these actions and all officers are expected to follow the policy and he would need to have any on-duty postings approved through our Media Relations Unit. The department greatly supports the work that Officer Norman has done and will continue to do in our community.”

Recently Norman received an outpouring of support after helping a pregnant homeless woman and her baby while on duty. Now, he’s seeing that support again from followers including fellow officers from across the country.

“His department should be proud of him,” said Deputy Bryan Woodard with the Dallas County Constable's Office. “How many people you know that can bring millions of people together? Millions.”

Officer Norman often promotes his foundation, My Mission Give. NLRPD said “The department fully supports his desire to operate his own foundation.  We discussed the importance of ensuring that no conflict of interest occurred with his work as a North Little Rock Police Officer and his work through the foundation. There has to be a distinct separation between the department and his foundation and the work he does for both. This is necessary to protect the integrity of all our officers; including Officer Norman and the department.”

Norman expressed this doesn’t change his commitment to the NLRPD.

“If God opens up another door for me, then I’ll follow that, but as of right now, I will remain a member of the North Little Rock Police Department,” he said.

NLRPD told THV11 that Officer Norman will have approval to post at any events he goes to or speaks at, but while on duty, he should not be posting entertainment because his job as a patrol officer is to answer and respond to calls.

 

The complete statement from NLRPD:

(June 29th, 2017)  The North Little Rock Police Department would like to clear up any confusion concerning Officer Tommy Norman that was created yesterday from Officer Norman’s Social Media post. Officer Norman was not told that he could not post events on social media as he has done in the past. He was advised that we have a policy regarding these actions and all officers are expected to follow the policy and he would need to have any on-duty postings approved through our Media Relations Unit. The department greatly supports the work that Officer Norman has done and will continue to do in our community. During the meeting yesterday, we encouraged Officer Norman to continue his work in the community and that we would support future social media postings of his work.

Officer Norman started his own foundation about a year ago and advised us of his intentions. The department fully supports his desire to operate his own foundation.  We discussed the importance of ensuring that no conflict of interest occurred with his work as a North Little Rock Police Officer and his work through the foundation. There has to be a distinct separation between the department and his foundation and the work he does for both. This is necessary to protect the integrity of all our officers; including Officer Norman and the department.

The department would like to emphasize again that we support all of the work that Officer Norman has done and will continue to do in our community.  We would also like to remind everyone that there are thousands of good deeds and acts of kindness done in our community and communities across the nation by police officers every day.

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