National Organization of Retired
State Troopers, Inc
A Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Organization

History of N.O.R.S.T.

The Vision

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.

Being First - Law Enforcement Pioneers

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.

Improving Communities and Policing

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:

  • Improving local communities across the nation through visible involvement of retired and active law enforcement officers in community activities; and
  • Contributing to the increased professionalism of active State Troopers across the nation through member education and training opportunities; and
  • Building upon the prior challenges, successes and wisdom of a cross-section of retired and active State Troopers across the nation; and
  • Acknowledging the historical significance of the accomplishments of many N.O.R.S.T members who are history-making men and women pioneers in their respective states and departments; and
  • Building a collective network of experienced and reliable law enforcement professionals with a common identity of purpose to serve as current and future role-models of success, mentors and institutional knowledge repositories to help positively improve the national police-community relations landscape.
Optimistic Leadership

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].”

Dynamic Transformation

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.

N.O.R.S.T. List of Initial Visionaries

Listed below are the names and states of the visionary State Trooper Retirees who attended the historical March 29, 2008 meeting in Jackson, Mississippi:

  • Larry Williams
    Alabama
  • Johnny L. Isaac
    Alabama
  • Andrew Jones
    Arkansas
  • Frank Tappin
    Arkansas
  • Odell Thompson, Jr
    Illinois
  • Robert Milligan
    Kentucky
  • William Douglass, Jr
    Louisiana
  • Patrick LaSalle
    Louisiana
  • Donald R. Shropshire
    Louisiana
  • Tyrone J. White
    Louisiana
  • Donald Givens
    Louisiana
  • Robert Guibeaux
    Louisiana
  • Sammie L. Kitchen
    Louisiana
  • Wilbert Sanders
    Louisiana
  • David Washington
    Maryland
  • Floyd Givens
    Michigan
  • Charles Patterson
    Mississippi
  • Lula R. Ward
    Mississippi
  • R.O. Williams
    Mississippi
  • Charles Jackson
    Missouri
  • Henry L. Johnson
    Missouri
  • Willie Thomas
    Missouri
  • Janie Hankerson
    New Jersey
  • Art L. Williams
    Pennsylvania

“Be First, Be N.O.R.S.T.”

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