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July 1, 2014

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

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.

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