A Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Organization
The initial visionary impetus for the formation of N.O.R.S.T., was set into motion by twenty-four retired State Troopers, with over 100 years of combined police experience from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, who met on March 29, 2008, at the Regency Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi.
Many of these State Troopers, who met, broke down an array of long-standing racial barriers in their respective state law enforcement agencies. Often, they were the first African Americans hired as State Troopers by their agencies and excelled to be honored as the first African Americans to attain command and executive level ranks within their State Trooper agencies.
Although some of the initial N.O.R.S.T. members belonged to other state trooper organizations, the founding members of N.O.R.S.T. envisioned more expansive, bolder and transformative possibilities of service and education for their members by creating a national retired State Troopers organization focused on principles of:
As the essence and positive impact of N.O.R.S.T. activities grew and evolved in many forms under the progressive leadership of Charles E. Patterson, the organization, according to Patterson, optimistically resolved to have a greater presence among the “pantheon of world-class law enforcement organization[s].”
In 2015, under the visionary leadership of David Washington, N.O.R.S.T. took the final transformative step to complement its essence by forming a national 501 (C)(3) organization to carry out N.O.R.S.T.’s dynamic, forward-thinking initiatives necessary for building effective community-police relations; educating active and retired state troopers; preserving the crucial cultural history of N.O.R.S.T. members and creating a better and safer world of trust and service for citizens and law enforcement officers to live in and thrive.
Listed below are the names and states of the visionary State Trooper Retirees who attended the historical March 29, 2008 meeting in Jackson, Mississippi:
“Be First, Be N.O.R.S.T.”