A Brooklyn, New York native, Ed Norris began his career with the New York Police Department in 1980. During his tenure, he held the positions of Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Inspector, Deputy Chief and Deputy Commissioner of Operations. While with the NYPD, he created the Cold Case Squad that inspired the book, The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City’s Cold Case Squad, and A&E’s television series, “Cold Case Files.”
In 2000, Ed became Police Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, where his honors included the NAACP President’s Award for police and community relations. Under Ed’s leadership, he improved the policing culture and helped drive homicides below 300 for the first time in many years. In 2002, Ed was appointed Maryland State Police Superintendent.
Ed is widely known for his role as Detective Ed Norris on HBO’s critically acclaimed television series, “The Wire”. He also played an investigator in the 2009 film, “Jack the Ripper in America.”
Currently, Ed is authoring a new book, Way Down in the Hole, and he is a popular radio personality and actor. Ed is the co-host of the weekday morning Norris & Long Show on CBS WJZ-FM (105.7 The FAN) and he is featured in weekly news segments on WBFF Fox45 News.
Ed Norris was not only a cop’s cop, he was a transparent and personable police commissioner. He will share his personal account of the events that changed his life. This tale of redemption follows Ed from leading a major police department to landing in federal prison, and his regained success of now being a cohost of a Baltimore radio talk show and a frequent voice of policing in America for many major news outlets.
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