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JPSO creates ‘Safe Exchange Zone’ following Joseph Vindel murder

JEFFERSON PARISH — In an effort to make something good out of a terrible situation, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) announces the creation of the Joseph Vindel Memorial Exchange Zone. Vindel was murdered last week while attempting to sell a dirt bike. JPSO is committed to making online sales and purchases and family meeting destinations safer for our residents.

JPSO has established “Safe Exchange Zones” at two locations, one on each side of the river. The Eastbank zone is at the front of our Eastbank Operations Center at 3300 Metairie Rd, and the Westbank zone is in front of our Investigations Bureau at 725 Maple Avenue in Harvey. Both locations are under 24-hour video surveillance. JPSO encourages all to engage in these pre-arranged meetings and transactions during daylight hours.

Each “Safe Exchange Zone” consists of two parking spots separated by a place to “meet in the middle.” It is our hope that providing these spaces can help us prevent another tragic loss of life.

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