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This is Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Police Department in Arkansas. He's been on the force since 1998 and he is beloved by members of his community.

This is Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Police Department in Arkansas. He's been on the force since 1998 and he is beloved by members of his community.
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What's his secret?

What's his secret?
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Officer Norman spends time getting to know the people he serves. It's a concept called community policing — and it fosters mutual respect between police and civilians.

Officer Norman spends time getting to know the people he serves. It's a concept called community policing — and it fosters mutual respect between police and civilians.
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Every day, he posts photos and videos on social media showing his positive interactions with civilians — especially kids.

Every day, he posts photos and videos on social media showing his positive interactions with civilians — especially kids.
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Just watch how excited they are to see him.

Just watch how excited they are to see him.

 

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Sometimes he just hangs out and chats with the locals.

Sometimes he just hangs out and chats with the locals.
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Sometimes he lets them sit in the patrol car.

Sometimes he lets them sit in the patrol car.
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And he always snaps a selfie to share with his social media followers.

And he always snaps a selfie to share with his social media followers.
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He even tries to learn the latest dance moves.

He even tries to learn the latest dance moves.

 

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Celebrities love him, too. He's gotten shout outs from rapper Killer Mike and actress Taraji P. Henson.

Celebrities love him, too. He's gotten shout outs from rapper Killer Mike and actress Taraji P. Henson.
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You step out of that police car [and] lead with your heart," he told CNN last year. "As a police officer, your job goes beyond the badge and the uniform. You're a human being. You're a person just like the people you deal with every day and you should treat people with respect.

You step out of that police car [and] lead with your heart," he told CNN last year. "As a police officer, your job goes beyond the badge and the uniform. You're a human being. You're a person just like the people you deal with every day and you should treat people with respect.

Source: CNN

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His approach is especially meaningful given the recent violence in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas.

His approach is especially meaningful given the recent violence in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas.

The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — as well as the police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge — have sparked outrage and grief across the country. 

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Officer Norman gives Americans hope for a more peaceful future between police and civilians.

Officer Norman gives Americans hope for a more peaceful future between police and civilians.

Follow Officer Norman's community policing updates on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

 

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