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Crime/Courts

July 1, 2014

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

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NORMAN —

“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.

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