In 1999, he was the chief of the Seattle Police Department during one of the biggest crisis in that city’s history. Now, Norm Stamper is an outspoken critic of police and an advocate for major reforms both in policing and on social issues that impact the justice system.

805-2In this edition of Northwest Now, host Tom Layson talks with Stamper about his latest book, and how his calls for reforms relate to the ongoing discussion about improving relations between police and minority communities.

“I think generally, we are hiring the right people,” Stamper told host Tom Layson. “The problem is what happens to those individuals once they become part of the culture.”

The Emmy and Telly Award-winning public affairs series Northwest Now airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College.

Use the list below to find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show on our website.


KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels, (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle)

KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3 Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worldview)


Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)