As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Cleveland County, the Norman Police Department is committed to wearing face coverings as mandated by city ordinance.
NPD is aware of recent complaints and concerns voiced by the community regarding some officers not wearing a face covering while in public. The department quickly addressed these concerns and those officers found acting not in compliance with the ordinance have received discipline from their supervisors. The Norman Fraternal Order of Police also admonished its members and encouraged all to wear a mask. The NPD recognizes that a commitment from all to wear a face covering and practice proper social distancing is necessary for public safety.
“I have noticed that the majority of our community is wearing a mask or face covering when in a public place where social distancing is not possible as well as inside businesses,” said NPD Chief Kevin Foster. “I want to express my appreciation to those who are acting in accordance with the ordinance and ask others, even if you disagree with the mandate, to wear a mask when in public and around other community members. I also appreciate residents kindly encouraging their family, friends and neighbors to wear a face covering while out in the public.”
Enforcement of the mask ordinance will take an education first approach. Individuals refusing to wear a face covering in a Place of Public Accommodation or Public Setting may be cited for criminal trespass, disturbing the peace, interference with official process, or similar offenses as circumstances warrant.