Our employees were happy to give back to the community by partnering with Barran’s Bears. Barran’s Bears is a Non-Profit Organization that provides Teddy Bears to Police Officers and First Responders to utilize at scenes where children are faced with “adult problems” such as domestic violence, illness, injury etc. Founder, JPSO Deputy, Turner Barran carried teddy bears in his patrol unit before creating this organization and observed the difference that it made on calls where children were dealing with a traumatic situation. Psychologically, teddy bears and stuffed animals have a very calming effect on children and Deputy Barran observed that children were more eager to see police as friends when they were comforted by a teddy bear. Employees donated over 500 stuffed animals and a total of $250.00 to be donated to the organization for the purchase of more bears.