AGE: 25

Position: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy assigned to Uniform Patrol at Kleinpeter Substation.

Jerad Daniel was named Uniform Patrol Deputy of the Year on Monday during the Sheriff’s Office annual awards ceremony. This is the second consecutive year Daniel has received the honor. We asked the award-winning deputy to discuss himself, crime and law enforcement in the parish.

Why did you go into the profession of law enforcement?

I started as a reserve deputy with the Sheriff’s Office in August 2005. I went full time with the office on August 9, 2007.

Community service is deeply a part of who I am. I want to help others. I want to be there for someone when no one else is there. My job is my passion and I am passionate about my job. I neither look for nor expect any recognition for doing the job I signed up to do.

What is the biggest challenge you face as a law enforcement officer?

The biggest challenge - hoping you do everything right. It sounds easy except for the fact that we are human, too.

The decisions we have to make in fractions of a second can change someone’s life forever, including our own. It’s tough, especially when that decision potentially involves taking someone’s life. It’s not just the big decisions though. The little details can make or break a case.

What can the community do to help law enforcement cut crime in the parish?

Always be mindful of your surroundings. Watch for things outside of the norm. We can’t be on every street in the parish, so we rely on members in the community to report suspicious activity.

I can assure you we don’t mind coming out to check on something you think is suspicious.

I work several extra-duty patrols for neighborhoods and crime prevention districts in the parish, and I have seen the impact they can have on a community.

What is the biggest misconception people have about law enforcement?

Some of the things we see anddeal with every single day are things the average person will never see in a lifetime.

We go from zero miles per hour to 100 mph then back to zero in the blink of an eye. The tricky thing is, we never know when it’s coming.

It kind of stinks getting up every day not knowing if you’ll come home at the end of a shift. That thought probably never crosses your mind when you go to work.

We love our jobs because we really do have a desire to help and instill peace in our community. We want to lock up the wolves that prey on the innocent.