Norris Honored for Fighting Crime across Tennessee

August 6, 2007

Norris Honored for Fighting Crime across Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was honored by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police at their 37th Annual Banquet in Memphis on Friday, August 3rd.  He received their Legislative Award for his continuing efforts to combat crime throughout Tennessee.

The conference was attended by top law enforcement officers from across the state and honored many of its own for working to keep Tennessee safe.  Presenting the Legislative
Award to Senator Norris was Memphis Police Department Director Larry Godwin, past TACP President who also received the TACP’s 2007 Chief of the Year Award.

Topping the list of Norris’ anti-crime legislation, for which he was honored by the TACP, is the recently passed “Crooks with Guns” bill (SB 1967) which was signed into law this
June.  It adds up to 10 years to prison sentences for felons convicted the commission or attempt of violent crimes involving firearms.  It is Tennessee’s toughest crime-fighting initiative in over 20 years. “Legislation of this caliber is a first step for our citizens.  Their safety is extremely important to us,” stated Director Godwin after presenting the award.

“Senator Norris is a champion of law enforcement’s efforts to protect the citizens he represents.    He is very worthy of this special recognition for his efforts and we look forward to working with him in the future,” said outgoing TACP President and Johnson City Police Chief, John Lowry.

Norris represents the West Tennessee counties of Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, and Dyer.

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