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 a popular American radio personality and actor. He is the cohost of the weekday morning Big Bad Morning Show on CBS WJZ-FM (105.7 The FAN) and is featured on a weekly news segment on Fox 45 TV. Ed is also widely known for his role as Detective Edward Norris on HBO's hit television series, The Wire (2002-2008) as well as the investigator in the movie, Jack the Ripper in America (2009).
Ed became a published author in 2017 with the release of his hardcover book, Way Down in the Hole. Co-written with Baltimore Sun reporter and author Kevin Cowherd, Way Down in the Hole is described by the publisher as "the incredible story of America's most promising cop, the dark forces that brought him down and his long, emotional journey back from the abyss."
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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