Norman Demographics

The Norman demographics data set is the foundation for the Police Data Initiative. Before we can analyze how our agency’s actions affect our community, or how our community affects our agency’s actions, we have to be able to characterize our community. Virtually every use of force, call for service, traffic contact or other action will be measured against how it impacts members of the community. The Census Bureau’s estimates are a first stop in identifying communities for analysis. 

Data Set Information

City of Norman Demographics Data Set

This data set includes estimates of City of Norman demographics including a breakdown of gender and race. This information is derived from the most recent Census Quick Facts. Demographic data sets are updates once estimate data from both the United States Census and City of Norman are made available. 

The 2021 City of Norman Demographic Data Set will be available in early 2022.

Department Demographics Data Set

This data set details the demographics of the Norman Police Department. As we start looking at police community relations, we also need to have an idea of how we characterize the members of the agency.

This data set allows researchers to evaluate NPD's sworn and non-sworn strength – both total authorized and the actual numbers. Additionally, researchers can look at how that strength is classified by level of authority, race, and gender.

Hiring / Academy Demographics Data Set

This data set can be used by the agency and researchers to identify how the different phases of our hiring process for sworn employees impact various segments of our population. Specifically, we can look at whether or not the assumptions we apply to the qualities of a potentially successful police officer have a disparate impact on applicants because of their race and/or gender. 

Collecting ethnicity, gender and information on applicants is often more difficult than when collecting the same information on employees. We do not require applicants to self-identify with a specific race or gender. However, we do include an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) survey to assist the City of Norman with acquiring racial and ethnic information for reporting and to help determine possible disparate impacts. The EEOC categories for race and ethnicity are different than the Census categories, so direct comparisons with Census data for the City of Norman may require further inquiry that is beyond the scope of this initiative. In any event, we are using the EEOC data as collected from the initial applications to reduce any appearance of impropriety.

No police academies were held in 2020. Therefore, the next hiring / academy demographic data set will be available in Summer 2021. 

Terms Used

American Indian or Alaskan Native: All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.

App. Rec.: Applications received.

Asian or Pacific Islander: All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands. This area includes, for example, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands, and Samoa.

BI Pass:  Applicants successfully completed a Background Investigation.

Black (not or Hispanic origin): All persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

CB Pass: Applicants successfully completed a Confirmation Board.

FO Accept: Applicants accepted a Final Offer of employment.

Hispanic: All persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

MMPI Pass: Applicants successfully completed a Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.

OB Pass: Applicants successfully completed the Oral Board.

PA Pass: Applicants successfully completed the Physical Assessment.

PHS Pass: No automatic disqualifiers found in an applicant’s Personal History Statement.

Phys Pass: Applicants successfully completed a review of an Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System Physical Examination.

Poly Pass: Applicants successfully completed a Polygraph Examination.

SR Pass: Applicants successfully completed the Staff Review.

StR Pass: Applicants met the objective standards identified in the Stability Rating checklist.

Unknown: Applicants are not required to complete EEO reporting information. Their race and gender, therefore, are not known.

White (not of Hispanic origin): All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East.

WT Pass: Applicants successfully completed the Written Test.