Jefferson Elementary School

S. Baker, Principal & G. Ellison, Assistant Principal

Officer Tom Branson, Lake County Sheriff Department Violence Intervention Project, Program Director

Tom Branson is a Gang Awareness Specialist with the Lake County, Indiana Sheriff's Department in Crown Point, Indiana. He is a six time "Officer of the Year" in the Gary Police Department, which is the largest police department in Northwest Indiana. Tom also earned the "Lifetime Achievement Award" during his tenure on the Gary Police Department.


Tom is an inductee of the American Police Hall of Fame and is the highest decorated officer in the 108 year history of the Gary Police Department.


He was a Homicide Commander with the Gary Police Department. In 2007, while supervising ten homicide investigators, Tom's Unit sustained a 110% conviction rate.


Tom also served as the Chief Investigator with the Lake County Coroner's Office.


Tom served his country as a United States Marine. He retired as First Sergeant and did combat tours in both Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm.


He is a dedicated and loyal public servant and has proven so with his nearly 30 years of service in law enforcement.