Desiraye Torres has just started a new job with the Harker Heights Police Department as a Youth Specialist with Healthy Homes.
His first official day at work was September 17.
Torres is no stranger to the HHPD having worked there for the past 10 months as a telecomman.
She told the Herald in a recent interview, “I was one of the first faces a lot of victims would see when they went to HHPD headquarters to report a crime or need help.”
“The reason I applied for the position of Healthy Homes Youth Specialist is that it would allow me to help people in a deeper way. There was so much I could do for them at the main entrance from police department headquarters.
Torres began spending time exploring the services provided by Healthy Homes and she was particularly inspired by the role the work played in helping children.
Torres was born and raised in Houston and is the eldest of five siblings in her family. She served in the US Army Reserves for seven years and is a military spouse. She and her husband are the parents of a 3-year-old girl named Layla.
“I love kids,” Torres said. “This new job is a great opportunity to combine being a parent and helping the little ones.”
Torres said: “As a telecaster I learned a lot about the justice system. Answering calls from people who needed the police and being the first point of contact improved my communication skills. Prior to starting my first job with HHPD, I worked at a daycare and in that role worked with children who had behavioral and communication challenges, developmental delays, and special needs. My experience in child development and as an administrative assistant also prepared me well.
“My expectations are to have very sensitive and even traumatic experiences with the victims and their families.
I will build relationships with agencies and learn about resources that are available for those who need them. I will also become an information hub for people seeking help,” Torres said.
“What I’ve learned in my short time on the job is that there’s no one right way to do things as long as you’re doing the right thing. There are endless types of situations I will face, but I will rely on my creativity and knowledge of the vast number of resources available,” she said.
Torres will work alongside Destinee Barton, who has just been promoted to victim/witness coordinator for the Healthy Homes program.