NLRPD releases statement regarding Officer Tommy Norman
The North Little Rock Police Department has released a statement following Officer Tommy Norman's Instagram post about new department policies.
Officer Tommy Norman released a video statement on Instagram Wednesday.
NLRPD responded on Thursday in order to clear up any confusion.
In their release, they say Officer Norman was not told he could not post events on social media but was advised of the policy regarding officers actions while on duty. They say they support the work Officer Norman has done and will continue to do for the community.
The full statement read as follows:
"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."