NORMAN — Norman’s police chief Keith Humphrey said he wanted to make some changes at the department when he came in the summer 2011. He made some personnel changes, adopted a new logo, encouraged citizens police academies and now has shifted the department’s beat lines.
It’s all part of Humphrey’s move toward community policing, a philosophy that engages citizens in making a safer place to live. The patrol district lines on the west side of Norman were redrawn to make the officers’ work more efficient.
They won’t have to cross the interstate or through some major intersections when responding in their districts. That will be significant, as the Main Street and Lindsey Street bridge reconstruction projects progress in the next few years.
Keeping police officers within districts helps them get to know the residents, business owners and workers. It also helps the residents get to know the officers and build some mutual trust.