APD taps Norris as officer of week

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Andalusia Police Department Officer Kevin Norris has been selected as this week’s APD Officer of the Week.

1108-bus-apd-officer-of-weekNorris has been in law enforcement for 11 years.

He had previously served as a patrol officer with APD, Covington County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff, and assistant chief at Gantt Police Department.

He and his wife, Amy, make their home outside of Andalusia with their daughter, Madison.

Norris returned to APD in August 2016.

Since his return he has enjoyed working on C Shift, under the direction of Sgt. Nic Ireland and Lt. Alice Donaldson.

He says he has no preference to days or nights or what day of the week he works – he is simply thankful for a job to report to.

During his off time, Officer Norris enjoys spending his time hunting, fishing and with his family.

Norris likes to yell, “War Eagle” on Saturdays when the Auburn Tigers take the field, but on Friday nights he’s a Andalusia Bulldog fan.

He offers the following advice to anyone wanting to join the law enforcement community,

“Don’t join just to get the gun and badge. You have a lot of responsibility that comes with those two pieces of equipment,’ he said. “You must treat people with respect and always the way you would want to be treated.”

Officer Norris said that his future includes becoming a K9 officer and moving up the ranks at APD.

“I feel like I have the best department in the state. I feel that way because of the officers that work at APD,” Police Chief Paul Hudson said. “Each officer makes a sacrifice each day to leave home, strap on a gun, vest, and badge and leave their family to protect someone else. The holidays, lonely nights, and long shifts make choosing to return to law enforcement a sacrifice that the entire family must be willing to make.

“Officer Norris has been welcomed back to APD graciously by all our PD family,” the chief said. “He readily assists younger officers in their reporting and decision making, is knowledgeable on the laws and ordinances and finally, is always willing to lend a helping hand to whatever we may have going on.”