Q&A with Ascension Parish Deputy

Allison B. Hudson

Name: Justin Brown

Age: 28

Position: West side Patrol Deputy

Hometown: Prairieville

Education & Experience: 2yrs on patrol, High School Diploma, (working on Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice).

How did you get involved with public safety?

After graduating St. Amant High School, I joined the La. National Guard where I served in Afghanistan 2003-2004 and most recently Iraq Jan. 2010- Jan. 2011. Having served in the military, a Para-military job was only fitting for myself. The opportunity to help people at their most desperate times is the most fulfilling thing you can do in life. Fortunately I’ve had the opportunity to do this in other countries. Which makes it all the more fulfilling to do that type of work in my home parish.

Who inspires you and how?

My Inspiration starts with my grandparents, Johnny and Joyce Murry. They together have shown me how a simple lifestyle does not constitute simple thoughts on life.

What are the greatest challenges in your field?

I would say the greatest challenge in our field is also the greatest asset to Law Enforcement, which is the public’s eye. I believe that the best asset to Law Enforcement begins with neighborhood watch programs, and community involvement in crime fighting. We all watch the CSI’s, and the First 48’s, but when crime is happening in our backyard we would rather not get involved. In order for Law Enforcement to be most effective, we must have the public’s involvement. Unfortunately Patrol Deputies cannot see all the crime, all the time. The public is generally the initial, and sometimes only witness, to the crime. In order for the Justice System to perform properly we need that initial witness, or any witness, to remain cooperative throughout the process.

What advice can you offer for someone who wants to go into public safety?

My advice would be not to hold yourself back. If public safety is something you think you would enjoy, then you should give yourself that opportunity. Without a doubt the job will reward you. Everyday is a new adventure, and everyday you have the opportunity to help someone.

What’s something about your line of work that most people don’t know?

Most people have no idea how many different roles we play. Your ability to receive a complaint from someone, assess the fitting crime, and collect only relevant evidence. Means you’re the first responder, lawyer, and lead investigator all in a matter of generally 30-45 minutes. However, it is those attributes that make the job so interesting.

What is a memorable moment in your career and why?

As a Sheriff’s Deputy you constantly acquire memorable moments. I would have to say the most memorable moments are every instance that a juvenile child is involved in, no matter how serious. Probably due to the fact that we all assume every child begins life with an, innocence about them. Some how along the way some children learn bad behaviors, and as children do they expand on them. However, the biggest crime in those cases, are the fact that those children are robbed of a normal childhood.