As a sergeant he was assigned as a patrol supervisor in the Field Operations Division and also served for seven years as a team leader on the SWAT Team and was the department’s Emergency Planner. In 2016 he went back to the Gang Suppression Unit as a supervisor until his promotion to lieutenant in February of 2018. He is currently assigned as a Watch Commander in the Field Operations Division and continues his role as the department’s Emergency Planner and oversees the department’s body worn camera and Explorer programs.
Lieutenant Norton holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Service Administration from CSU Long Beach. His thesis focused on the primary mistakes law enforcement is making during the initial response phase to large-scale critical incidents and outlined the timeline of these events. He is an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association, Field Command and the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) where he teaches SWAT related subjects, tactical science and critical incident management. Lt. Norton is the team leader for the CATO After Action Review team that responds to incidents in the United States and Europe to glean lessons learned and improve the law enforcement response to future events. Additionally, he is on the CATO SWAT Operator Board of Certification which is nation’s first ever certification process for tactical operators.