From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Bennett, Norvel

(born: 1892  -  died: 1945) Norvel Bennett was a sergeant with the Indianapolis, IN Police Department when he died in 1945, having served since 1925; he was one of the few African American men on the force from 1925-1945.

In 1929 Bennett received two citations, one for helping capture a burglar found after hours in a Kroger store. Bennett  also received a citation for helping solve several cases in 1942 and was appointed an investigator of the detective department. He was promoted to sergeant in 1944.

Bennett was a native of Princeton, KY. A veteran of World War I, he served in France as a corporal with the 436th Engineers. He was the husband of Eula Bennett.  Before becoming a police officer, he was a clerk and  janitor in Indianapolis [source: Indianapolis City Directory, 1918-1926].

For more see "Sergeant Norvel Bennett," Indianapolis Recorder, 9/22/1945, p. 1; and "Chief Worley commends officer," Indianapolis Recorder, 3/9/1929, p. 1.

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NKAA Source: R. L. Polk & Co.'s Indianapolis city directory for ...
NKAA Source: The Indianapolis recorder (newspaper)

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