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In brief: Norman briefs

In brief: Norman briefs for Oct. 9.
Published: October 9, 2013



‘Badges on Buses' targets school zones

Norman police are partnering with Norman Public Schools for an initiative called “Badges on Buses.” Officers will be riding school buses, while other officers remain nearby in unmarked patrol units. If the officer on the bus observes a violation such as a motorist failing to stop for a bus while it is loading or unloading passengers, a vehicle description will be radioed to the unmarked unit and a traffic stop will be made. Motorists are reminded to always stop for buses that are loading or unloading passengers.

Sheriff honors civilian

Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester has presented a Guardian Award to a resident who helped deputies with search and rescue efforts following the May 20 tornado. Lester honored Joe Kinslow for his volunteer efforts in searching for victims at the Moore Medical Center, Plaza Elementary School and private residences.

Online crime map posted

The Norman Police Department has partnered with BAIR Analytics Inc. to provide a new way for the public to stay informed about crime in the city. The department now has an online crime map called RAIDS Online, which can be accessed at The map analyzes and charts crime data, alerts Norman residents about crimes in their area and allows the police a way to quickly alert residents about crimes as they occur. Residents can view a map and grid, as well as sign up for neighborhood watch reports and submit anonymous tips. A free RAIDS Online Mobile app also is available.