The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

December 10, 2013

Police program to receive Human Rights Award

NORMAN — Norman Police Department’s My Body, My Life program has been around since the ’90s. Tonight, it will be recognized with the Human Rights Award by the Norman City Council.

The council’s weekly meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building Council Chambers. The Human Rights Award is presented to an individual or organization every year after the Human Rights Commission selects the award recipient.

“I’m extremely flattered and honored,” said Sgt. Robert “Bob” Moore, who helped create and develop the My Body, My Life program. “I really appreciate them recognizing the level of our efforts.”

The program was nominated for the award by Longfellow Middle School counselor Michelle Sutherlin, who wrote in her nomination letter that she was honored to be part of the amazing program.

“I believe there is no better program in Norman that promotes human rights and equality than the My Body, My Life Program” Sutherlin wrote in the letter.

The Human Rights Commission seeks to promote and encourage fair treatment and mutual understanding among all citizens to combat all prejudice, bigotry and discrimination that prevent individuals from reaching their full potential as human beings.

“Most importantly, this class empowers women to take control of their own body and their own life, the very essence of human rights and equality. I have seen students enter the class who have never stood up for themselves and what is right for them, leave the class with their heads held higher and with complete confidence they could say an adamant ‘NO!’ in a situation that compromised their rights,” she wrote.

The program got started when Moore and a former Norman Public Schools principal Darien Moore sought to create a class to address the issues of improper relationships some high school students were involved in.

The program, which began in Norman’s only high school at the time, later was offered at middle schools and now helps empower women of all ages through awareness, education, violence prevention and self-defense techniques.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Crime/Courts
  • Man arraigned after wife’s death

    A judge on Wednesday denied bond for a 37-year-old Norman man formally charged with stabbing his wife to death with a kitchen knife early Saturday morning in their southeast Norman apartment. Abid Sandhu, 37, was arraigned before Special ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Crime briefs

    Leaving scene of a wreck A man was charged Wednesday with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury after he allegedly struck a pedestrian with his vehicle near Southwest 104th Street and Kingsgate Drive in Oklahoma City in ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Abid Hussain Sandhu, 37, first-degree murder · Austyn Leann Scudder, 21, possession of controlled dangerous substance, ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Tuesday: · 12:12 a.m. larceny report, 300 block of North Interstate Drive East · 12:42 a.m. sexual assault or rape, 2600 block of Classen Boulevard · 9:41 a.m. fraud, 1300 ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Senate advances domestic violence measure

    The state Senate has unanimously approved House Bill 2526, legislation intended to address Oklahoma’s domestic violence crisis. Authored by Sen. David Holt and Rep. Kay Floyd, the proposal creates a series of research-based questions that ...

    April 23, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Raymond Peter Garcia, 56, possession of controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing an ...

    April 23, 2014

  • Michelle Walker to serve prison time for 20 felony charges

    A Noble woman was convicted of 20 felony charges relating to child sex abuse Monday in Cleveland County District Court....

    April 22, 2014

  • Norman officer training Alaska officials with violence awareness programs

    Programs developed by a local Norman police officer to help empower women and educate men have been taken across the country this week to benefit individuals in Alaska....

    April 22, 2014

  • Clubhouse honors undersheriff

    Thunderbird Clubhouse recently honored Cleveland County Undersheriff Rhett Burnett for his contributions to the organization and community. Executive Director Pam Sanford presented Burnett with the Volunteer of the Year award at the ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Sunday: · 12:50 a.m. residential fire, 1400 block of Lindale Avenue · 2:53 a.m. fraud, 2500 block of Classen Boulevard · 3:41 a.m. burglary in progress, 200 block of East ...

    April 22, 2014

Video
Facebook