Chief Keith Humphrey talked forthrightly to the cadets, reminding them to keep their priorities in place and to remember to spend time with their families and relax when not on duty. He also stressed Norman’s message of community policing.
“In some people’s lives, they only encounter a police officer once,” Humphrey said. “You set the tone.”
Humphrey said Norman residents have shown their support for the police force time and again.
“Citizens deserve to have the best quality service,” he said. “That’s what we do here at the Norman Police Department ... You are the best of the best. Not everyone can be a police officer, and, specifically, not everyone can be a Norman police officer.”
Humphrey said it’s a good time to become a police officer with advances in technology and all of the positives things being implemented in Norman. He told them to demonstrate their abilities but stay humble and remember they are human.
“Never forget where you came from,” he said. “Never forget that you’ve got people at home waiting for you.”
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