Norm Stamper

Author of To Protect and Serve:
How to Fix America’s Police

Awards & Other Publications

Tri-Cities Herald, “Building trust with the police.” July 13, 2020

Kitsap Sun, “I-940 is a win for communities and police.” October 19, 2018

Sacramento Bee, “California must change its rules on police deadly force.” August 14, 2018

Orcas Online and The Islands Sounder, “‘Blackbird, Fly’: Be Prepared.” May 17, 2018

Human Rights Defense Center, Criminal Legal News, “Honoring Police Includes Acknowledging System Reform Needed.” May 9, 2018

ACLU Blog, “Honoring Police Includes Acknowledging System Reform Needed.” May 7, 2018

Playboy, “How Police Can Save More Lives–and Take Fewer: A Playboy Conversation with Norm Stamper.” January 4, 2018

the influence, “A Scared Cop Is a Dangerous Cop–and Fear Is Often Taught.” August 11, 2016

Playboy, “Fix the Police: From Ferguson to Freddie Gray–what the hell happened to America’s cops?,” July-August 2016

New York Times, “How to Prevent Violence in Cleveland,” July 15, 2016

The Nation, “Is There Hope for the Chicago Police Department?,” May 13, 2016

Roll Call, “Congress: Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement,” Commentary, U.S. Congress, October 14, 2014

U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, “The Militarization of American Policing,” September 8, 2014

Time Magazine, “Militarizing Ferguson Cops With Riot Gear Is a Huge Mistake,” August 18, 2014

The Guardian, “Nothing Works in Ferguson, Here’s How to Fix a Police Force — and Punish Cops,” August 19, 2014

Playboy, “10 Things Cops Will Never Tell You,” Interview with Jonathan Stewart,  April 3, 2014

Foreword to Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? by Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, Mason Tvert. Chelsea Green Publishing.  New edition, 2013

University Press of New England, Endorsement of Hunting for “Dirtbags”:  Why Cops Over-Police the Poor and Racial Minorities, by Lori Beth Way and Ryan Patten, 2013

Roll Call, Congressional Quarterly, “Legalize Marijuana, Without Federal Interference,” co-authored with Tony Ryan, December 17, 2012

Perspectives on Modern World History, edited reprint of “Prohibition:  A Parallel to Modern War on Drugs,” Fall, 2012, “Time to Legalize Marijuana,” Guest Column, October 22, 2012

The Island Guardian, “Why I Support Initiative 502,” Guest Column, October 21, 2012

San Juan Islander, “Vote to Legalize Marijuana,” LTE, October 21, 2012

Orcas Issues, “Marijuana Legalization Makes for Safer Communities,” LTE, October 19, 2012

The New York Times Book Review, “Too High to Fail,” LTE, August 26, 2012

Islands’ Sounder, “Move Over, Anna Deavere Smith,” Review of Amontaine Aurore’s Free Desiree, June 12, 2012

The Nation, “Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street,” Article, November 28, 2011

Nation of Change, “Lessons of a Police Chief:  Militarization is a Mistake,” Article, November 18, 2011

The New Yorker, “Getting a Fix,” LTE, November 14, 2011

Cato Unbound, “Losing Hearts and Minds in the Drug War,” Lead Essay, November 9, 2011

Seattle Times, “Prohibition:  A Parallel to Modern War on Drugs,” Guest columnist, September 30, 2011, named “One of 15 of Today’s Biggest Advocates Against the Drug War and Police Brutality,” August 15, 2011

The Wall Street Journal, “Exit Strategy for the Costly, Ineffective War on Drugs,” LTE, June 18, 2011

The Hill’s Congress Blog, “After 40 Years, ‘Drug War’ Still a Failure,” op-ed, June 17, 2011

The Islands’ Sounder, “Medical Marijuana is a Good Thing,” LTE, June 8, 2011

Institute for Law Enforcement Administration, The Center for American and International Law, Ethics Roll Call, “Ending the Culture of Dishonesty in Law Enforcement,”  Spring 2011

CelebStoner – “Cop vs. Cop:  Norm Stamper Busts Gil Kerlikowske, March 5, 2011

The Seattle Times – “Time for a Real Shift in U.S. Drug Policy,” guest columnist, February 25, 2011

The Seattle Times – “A Solid and Sensible Case for Legalization,” LTE, February 22, 2011

The Union.Com – “Vote Yes on Proposition 19,” LTE, October 9, 2010

American Police Beat Magazine – “Legalizing Marijuana Protects Public Safety,” co-authored with Neill Franklin, October 2010

The San Francisco Chronicle – “End Prohibition, California,”  LTE, August 26, 2010

The Nation – “Is This the End of the War on Crime?”  LTE, August 16- 23, 2010

BullWings – Orcas Issues, News & Views, “Why Vote to Raise Taxes in a Terrible Economy,” Guest Opinion, July 9, 2010

Wall Street Journal, “Bad Laws Waste Resources, Do Harm,” LTE, July 9, 2010, “Try Drug Abuse Prevention,”  LTE, April 30, 2010, “420:  Put Down that Joint and Pick Up a Pen,” April 20, 2010

CNBC, “Legalization Will Reduce Crime, Free Up Police Resources,” April 19, 2010

USA Today, “Our ‘War on Drugs’ Causes More Harm Than Good,” LTE, March 12, 2010

SalemNews.Com named Huffington Post piece, “Open Letter to the New ‘Drug Czar’ From Another Top Cop: End the Drug War” (May 7, 2009) “Hottest Story of 2009” (87,701 views)

Cannabis ReEducation Team, “Two Hundred Words on Cannabis Law Reform,” February 16, 2010

New York Times, “Drugs, Reconsidered,” LTE, December 15, 2009

AlterNet, “Let’s Not Stop at Marijuana Legalization,” December 15, 2009

Opposing Views, “Ex Police Chief – Don’t Stop at Just Marijuana Legalization,” December 15, 2009

Fox for, “34-Year Vet Says Legalize Them All,” December 21, 2009

Culture Magazine — Named one of “Top 20 Movers and Shakers in the Industry,” December 2009

Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia publication, “Australia Poised to Help End Drug War?” November 2009

Real Change, “Death of a Cop,” October 9-15, 2009

The Weekend Australian, “Drug tsars can’t beat drug lords this way: Norm Stamper explains why he believes it’s time to end drug prohibition,” October 3-4, 2009

Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation publication, “Time to Decriminalize [Legalize] Drugs,” October 2009

Letter to Editor, Mother Jones, Response to “Totally Wasted: This is Your War on Drugs,” July-August 2009

“The Tobacco Precedent,” New York Times, Room for Debate, July 19, 2009

“Legalizing Drugs,” The Economist.Com, July 9, 2009

Foreword to Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? by Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, Mason Tvert. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2009.

“420: Thoughts on Pot vs. Alchohol from a Former Police Chief”, Missaukee Sentinel, Lake City, Michigan

“Obama’s New Drug Czar Couldn’t Be Any Worse Than Bush’s. Will He Be Any Better?”, Huffington Post, February 12

“One Cop to Another: Don’t Arrest Phelps for Bong Photo,” Huffington Post, February 6

“Marijuana Legislation: Retired Seattle Police Chief Says Obama Should Listen to Voters,” Salem News (OR). December 30, 2008

“One Way Out of Endless Drug War,” Albany (OR) Democrat Herald, July 16, 2008

What Will it Take.” Guest Editorial, Real Change. February 6 -12, 2008

Stalking on the Islands.” Guest Opinion, The Islands’ Sounder. January 23, 2008

The H.B. “Bing” Spear Award for Excellence in Control and Enforcement, awarded every two years by the Drug Policy Alliance, December 8, 2007, New Orleans.

“Death Penalty Wastes Money, While Failing to Reduce Crime.” Op-ed, San Jose Mercury News, November 19, 2007

“Law Enforcement: Imagining a New Structure.” Chapter in The Challenge to Lead: Issues in Law Enforcement Leadership. The Center for American and International Law. 2007

“America’s Drug War and the Right to Privacy”, Montana Law Review, Summer 2007

“Arellano-Felix Arrest Just One Battle in America’s Failed Drug War.” Guest Columnist, L.A. Daily News, 8/26/06

“Stopping Drug Violence.” San Diego Union-Tribune Op-Ed, August 4, 2006

How Legalizing Will End the Violence,” AlterNet. July 28, 2006

Let Those Dopers Go.” Op-ed, Los Angeles Times. October 16, 2005

“Keep Your Mouth Shut on This One, Chief.” Penthouse. July, 2005

“Snookered in Seattle: The WTO Riots.” Seattle Weekly, June 1-7, 2005

Removing Managerial Barriers to Effective Police Management. Police Executive Research Forum, Washington D. C. 1992

Films Featuring Norm

Soaked in Bleach,  Benjamin Statler, Malibu

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, selected for 2007 Winnipeg Film Festival, Vancouver, B.C. Film

Private Violence: The Movement Against Battering in America, Kit Gruelle, Cynthia Hill, Steven Channing, Durham, N.C.

Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey, by Novia Scotia filmmaker Connie Littlefield, to be completed October, 2006, for the National Film Board of Canada

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP, now Law Enforcement Action Partnership), 12-minute program endorsed by Walter Cronkite


“Life Behind the Badge: Norm Stamper Speaks Out.” The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Seattle Northwest Regional Chapter (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana). Public Affairs — Special or Series. Won by Liv Faris, Producer, Tiffany Dedeaux, Editor for June 3, 2006.

Journalism Award

Society of Professional Journalists’ 2006 Excellence in Journalism Competition for Government/Political Reporting: 1st Place to J. Kingston Pierce, Washington Law & Politics, for “Stamper Has His Say”