The JPSO is proud to recognize Deputy Turner Barran of the First District for being honored as the American Legion 2nd District Department of Louisiana 2016-2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Deputy Barran had been previously chosen as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the members of American Legion Post 175.
Deputy Barran has shown a commitment to our community in many ways over the past year, and we applaud him for his efforts. He started an initiative, "Barran's Bears", which aimed to have teddy bears in as many patrol cars as possible to be handed to child victims and witnesses on scenes as a way to help them feel more comfortable. He was featured in a media report by "News With A Twist", which can be found here: http://wgno.com/2016/09/22/jefferson-parish-deputy-makes-it-his-mission-to-help-children/
Among his other accomplishments are a number of incidents which revolved around the preservation of life.
On July 4, 2017, Deputy Barran responded to a medical call for service at Whole Foods in Metairie. Deputy Barran arrived before medical personnel and located a man bleeding profusely from a large laceration to his knee. Deputy Barran recognized the danger to the victim's life and was able to stop the bleeding by the timely application of his tourniquet, likely saving the victim's life and limb.
In August, Deputy Barran handled a medical complaint in which an elderly man was severely injured after a fall. Deputy Barran went above and beyond and checked on the victim at the hospital, even brining a get-well card. Through a family member of this victim, Deputy Barran was able to secure a generous donation to Barran's Bears after the family member witnessed his caring attitude.
Deputy Barran was also one of the first members of the JPSO to utilize his issued Naloxone dispenser. In December he was confronted with an individual suffering from an apparent overdose, and used the Naloxone to counteract the effects of the narcotic and bring the victim around.
Deputy Barran is a great example of the smart, empathetic deputy that makes JPSO the agency that it is, and we are all proud of him and his efforts to help keep our community safe.
Lieutenant Jason Rivarde
Public Information Officer