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2018 - Deputy Turner Barran

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

Dep. Turner Barran always kept small toys in his unit when he was a patrol officer for Saint John Parish Sherriff's Office to give to children who were scared or upset that he came into contact with during his shift. Dep. Barran joined the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in 2016 and continued the practice.  Dep. Barran realized a simple stuffed animal could open communication between a police officer and a frightened child faster than just talking. Dep. Barran also realized he was not the only police officer coming into contact with children in situations and started dreaming of expanding his stuffed animals.  Dep. Barran started requesting anyone getting rid of gently used stuffed animals donate them to him. Dep. Barran quickly had enough stuffed animals for every officer on his shift to have one or two in their unit. People would share how they gave away their stuffed animals to children and the excitement to comfort a child grew. Dep. Barran then had enough bears for the entire district, then the entire east bank of Jefferson parish, and then he had enough stuffed animals for every officer in the Patrol Division of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.   Dep. Barran started calling his stuffed animals Barran's Bears. Dep. Barran kept sharing stories and making request for animals on social media and the bears kept coming. Dep. Barran continued to think of the children and then expanded to other agencies inside of Jefferson Parish such as Kenner Police Department, Gretna Police Department, Westwego Police Department, East Jefferson Levee Board Police and the Causeway Police.  Dep. Barran kept sharing and the bears continued to grow. Dep. Barran's outreach to other departments also grew. Dep. Barran met with officers in Saint Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police and they are now also a part of the Barran's Bears Family. Dep. Barran received word from another deputy that children in the hospital would also have a little comfort in a bear with a visit from Spider Man, that deputy happens to be on first name basis with Spider Man. Dep. Barran thought the idea was fantastic and expanded Bears Bears to include children at Children's Hospital.

2018 - Deputy Turner Barran
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