(From L to R) Kiwanis President Rodney Boswell presents Deputy Turner with Deputy of Year plaque, Chief of Youth Services Wendy Llorens and Sheriff Victor Jones.
Last week, Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches honored Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Derick Turner as the “Kiwanis Deputy of the Year” during their annual awards banquet in Natchitoches.
Deputy Derick Turner started his career as a corrections officer with the NPSO corrections division in April of 1996.
In December of 2001 he transferred to the patrol division, where he protected and served the people of Natchitoches parish.
In August of 2004, Deputy Turner was promoted to Captain over Security for the Corrections Division, where he supervised correction officers & work crews for 11 years.
In August of 2015, the Sheriff’s office Youth Services Division happily accepted Deputy Turner’s application to join the School Resource Officer’s and DARE Instructors.
Deputy Turner was no stranger to the Youth Services Division where he had volunteered for several years in the summer months, attending and chaperoning students at the Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Camps.
It takes a special person especially a Law Enforcement person to want to work in the schools with our young people.
Deputy Turner always has the best interests of our division and the DARE program at heart, he has always shown professionalism and loyalty to this department when working with the people of our community and our fellow officers.
Derick is dedicated, which is evident by his willingness to respond to the numerous “calls for service” (parades, community presentations, faculty in-services trainings and high school/college informational trainings) we receive on a regular basis’s.
He is well respected among his peers and displays a professional work ethic in any task given him.
As a DARE instructor and School Resource officer, Derick has worked in several schools and is valued at all. He is well liked and respected by students, parents and faculty.
Recently, Deputy Turner was recognized with the Life Saving Award along with a fellow officer for their swift, heroic actions that resulted in a life being saved from “harm’s way” during the Natchitoches Christmas Festival.
Congratulations Deputy Turner