The Norman Transcript

July 1, 2014

Sgt. Bob Moore leaving after serving 30-plus years on city’s force

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A retirement ceremony for longtime Norman police officer Sgt. Bob Moore was held Monday, celebrating his 30 years as an officer.

“Bob is one of those people that if you grew up in Norman and you went to school in Norman, if you know a Norman police officer, you know Bob Moore,” Capt. Mike Praizner said at the ceremony at the City of Norman Investigations Center.

Moore helped develop the women’s empowerment program “My Body, My Life” and said he plans to continue to teach the program throughout the country and possibly internationally.

“It’s hard to believe that (My Body, My Life) grew up from just Dan Quinn asking me, ‘Would you mind teaching some young girls how to protect themselves?’” Moore said.

Quinn was the Norman High School principal when he asked for help from Moore, a school resource officer at the time, to develop a program focusing on rape prevention, violence prevention and self-defense for young women.

“Everyone’s aware of ‘My Body, My Life,’ the outstanding work that Bob has done with the program. It started as a passion, it started as a cause, and it ended up being just an amazing program,” Police Chief Keith Humphrey said.

Moore taught the program to numerous agencies across the nation, including — most recently — law enforcement agencies in Alaska, who he said has asked him to come back.

“We’re going to apply for 12 different national conferences, and hopefully we’ll be able to at least show people what we have and allow them to make a decision,” he said.

In addition to raising awareness about the program, Moore said he will also continue to counsel and work with families and children as a licensed counselor. He is also hoping to work as a sexual assault prevention specialist.

“Helping people, that’s the best thing in my mind. It’s the bottom line in my life,” Moore said.

Praizner also said after knowing Moore for about 20 years, he knows he has a love and passion for people that’s demonstrated by his counseling practice and his dedication to the public school system.

“Bob attended his last shift briefing for patrol this morning, and he addressed his peers and told them that what brought him back every day for 31 years was the people he worked with and he truly loved coming to work with each and every one of you,” Praizner said.

Humphrey said Moore is a man who loves his family, loves the Norman Police Department and loves Norman residents.

“I joined the Norman Police Department; it’s the only place I ever applied for. It is the only place I ever wanted to work, and the reason is right around this room. Look around,” Moore said. “I have said from the day I started here that this is the finest police department I have ever known. I know it’s the finest one in Oklahoma.

“You people make this place what it is. It is the finest organization around. Don’t ever forget that.”

MPO Marcus Savage, also a “My Body, My Life” instructor, talked about the first time he met Moore. Savage was in high school when he was assigned a project by his English teacher that involved giving an oral presentation about careers, with the option of having someone from the occupation come in and speak instead.

“At the time, speaking in front of 19 of my own peers scared me to death,” Savage said, adding that he never thought he’d see Moore again.

Savage said he knows God has a sense of humor because he was so scared to speak in front of 19 people and then later on, working with Moore, he not only gave 13- and 14-year-old girls the birds and the bees talk every week but also had to speak in front of 350 people at a conference about domestic abuse and sexual assault.

“The only reason why I know this guy is because I didn’t want to speak in front of 19 people, and now over lunch at a sexual assault and domestic abuse conference I’m speaking in front of 350,” he said.

Moore’s daughter, Carol Donnelly, also spoke at the ceremony Monday, talking about how proud she was of her father and the impact he has made on her life personally.

“You showed me what it was like to be a good person,” Donnelly said. “You definitely taught me to be a good person in life that you just have to be good to others.”

Donnelly said she was proud to be Moore’s daughter and while she’s happy he’s retiring, she knows at the end of the day, what he did was not only helpful to the community but also to families.

Humphrey said during 19 years of Moore’s service he talked 20 to 30 people out of committing suicide.

“That is amazing,” Humphrey said. “He is just patient and passionate. He loves children and he loves people.”

Moore began working for the city of Norman as a dispatcher before he became a police officer in 1984. He has served on several committees over the years, including a Safe School committee, crisis intervention team and peer support. He was a tactics instructor and also a field training officer.

In his 30 years of service, Moore received 82 letters of appreciation or commendation including being named Police Officer of the Year in 2011 and receiving a National School Safety Recognition Award.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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