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Biography of Norman A. Carter, Jr.
Author: “The Long Blue Walk: My Journey as a Philly Cop”
- Born and raised in the North Central section of Philadelphia, PA.
- After graduating from Thomas A. Edison High School, enlisted in the US Army in 1963 and trained as a Combat Medical Corpsman.
- In 1964, selected to attend and graduated from the prestigious United States Military Academy Preparatory School. Failed to qualify for US Military Academy at West Point, NY. Honorably discharged with a rank of Specialist Fifth Class.
- 1967 joined the Philadelphia Police Department. While in the department, attended Temple University studying the Administration of Justice Curriculum for two years, part-time. Served in various patrol or patrol related assignments during a 25 year career. During career, earned two commendatory letters. Worked with the Guardian Civic League (local chapter of the National Black Police Association) to increase the number of minorities hired and promoted; participated in several community meetings, radio and television programs to curtail violence and improve the relationships between the community and the Police Department. Retired as a Police Corporal in the Narcotics Field Unit in 1992.
- 1977 – Gave the Police Department, its Internal Affairs Bureau, and the Mayor of Philadelphia detailed information about a criminal organization headquartered in the Roxborough/Manayunk section of Philadelphia. This organization was actively facilitated by Police Officers. The leader of this organization was eventually arrested and served five years in federal prison.
- 1993 joined what later became known as the Office of Inspector General, Welfare Fraud Division. Promoted to Claims Investigation Agent Supervisor after six months. Retired from this position in 1997.
- October 1998 contributed to an expose’ in the Philadelphia Inquirer revealing the process the Philadelphia Police Department used to decrease crime statistics. An indirect result of this expose’ led to the arrest of a serial rapist/murderer who terrorized Center City Philadelphia and Ft. Collins, Co.
- May 2001, contributed to an expose’ in the Philadelphia Daily News that revealed the safety hazards encountered by prisoners transported by Police Officers. This resulted in improved safety provisions for all vehicles transporting prisoners in Philadelphia.
- February 2001 began employment with Crestline Hotels and Resorts. Began as a Loss Prevention Officer. After two years promoted to Director of Loss Prevention at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. Over the next eleven years, promoted to Director of Services and Front Office Manager. Often filled in for the Director of Operations (2nd in Command) in his absence.
- Retired in 2015 from the hospitality industry. (Called by temporarily three times between 2016 & 2018)
- 2016 became part of the leadership team at the Cornerstone Church of Snellville, GA. Recently delivered two homilies: “Does Your Ego Block Your Salvation” (knowing and making use of your God given gifts); “The Unbridled Tongue” (speaking and interacting better towards one another).
- 2016-published “The Long Blue Walk: My Journey as a Philly Cop”
- 2016-recorded a television episode for TV One’s “Thou Shalt Not” series that will be aired during this autumn. Episode relates to how my exposing poor investigative practices led to the apprehension of a serial rapist/murderer. (This series deals with crimes that not only violate the laws of man, but also the commandments of God.
- October 2016 – Presented a lecture on Police Corruption at St. Frances DeSales University in Penna.
- April 2017 – Contributor to a national study on public corruption headquartered at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.
- Married to Vicki Cork-Carter and the father of five children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.