Office of the Chief

Welcome to the Norman Police Department’s website. It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as your Chief of Police. NPD has been serving the citizens of Norman since 1919. The men and women of our department proudly serve and protect all who grace our city. No matter if you are resident, visitor, business owner, or student we want you to feel safe. Our vision is: “Serving the safest city in America through the application of our values, community leadership, innovation and problem solving.”

Located just 20 miles south of Oklahoma City on Interstate 35, Norman is the third largest city in Oklahoma with a population over 120,000 people. The city limits span 196.5 square miles which include a mixture of dense urban and growing rural areas. Norman is also home to the University of Oklahoma. Over the last five years, we have continued to see a decrease in crime. This shows in our annual Benchmark Cities Survey, which can be located on this website. The Benchmark Cities Survey was designed in 1997 by a group of police chiefs from around the country. These chiefs sought to establish a measurement tool to help ensure their departments were providing the best service possible within their respective communities.

The citizens of our city value public safety. In 2008, our citizens passed of a temporary public safety sales tax. In
2014, they voted to make the sales tax permanent. The passing of these two taxes provided the hiring of 53 additional officers, along with funding several major capital projects.

Two philosophies at the heart of our department are the Pillars of Community Oriented Policing (Community Partnerships, Problem Solving, and Organizational Transformation) and the Pillars of 21st Century Policing (Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Officer Training, and Officer Safety and Wellness). For many years our department has made these pillars the foundation of how we operate. However, it has been my mission as Chief to ensure that we as a department become more proficient in each and every area of both philosophies. Examples include:

  • The establishment of our Body-Worn Camera Program
  • Being an accredited police department
  • Establishment of the Lexipol Policy Management Program
  • Establishment of the School Resource Officer
    Program, in partnership with Norman Public Schools
  • Establishment of a Cold Case Investigator
  • Establishing a goal of having all officers trained in Crisis Intervention
  • Establishment of state-of-the-art CAD/RMS, Emergency Communication System, Emergency Operation Center, Investigation Center, and Crime Data Technology Software
  • Establishment of Community Outreach Program which focuses on improving the quality of life for both our homeless and mental health consumers
  • Being the only police department in the state to participate in the Police Foundation’s National Police Data Initiative with our Open Data Portal
  • Establishment of placing NPD complete policy manual on our website for increased overall transparency 
  • Being the first and only department in the state to implement Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement (RITE)
  • Establishment of a Juvenile Intervention Program
  • Facilitating community-wide active shooter awareness seminars
  • Establishing a Police Citizen Advisory Board
  • Continued participation in the Police and Community Together initiative (P.A.C.T). Read the most recent P.A.C.T. report here.
  • Establishment of a lateral police academy
  • Establishment of a monthly Coffee with a Cop program
  • Establishment of Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
  • Ensuring continued training of less-lethal force and de-escalation standards
  • The completion of 14 Citizen Police Academies, which have produced nearly 300 graduates
  • Deployment of a Narcan Nasal Spray Program for response to emergency calls related to drug overdoses

As you can see, our department focuses on initiatives to maintain a safe community. We believe "positive partnerships provide peace" and allow citizens to work with us which leads to problem solving and crime prevention. We are confident that when anyone requests our assistance we have the quality resources to respond. Each member of the police department is continuously challenged to maintain high levels of professionalism and integrity towards all we serve. We will always ensure that citizens never feel as if they are a burden to any of our members when requesting assistance. 

Thank you for visiting our website and learning more about your police department.  As always, if any member of the department can assist you in any way, please contact us.

Contact Chief Kevin Foster's Office