Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Police Officer wins national award
Rachel Torres, a training police officer within the Department of Veterans Affairs for six years, was awarded the 2012 Veterans Affairs Lead Police Officer of the Year for a large facility.
The award is given to the top police officer whose innovation, performance, customer satisfaction and results demonstrated a commitment to go “above and beyond” what is expected.
“I am humbled to receive such a high honor. It would have been impossible for me to get this award without the guidance and leadership of VA Police Management. ” Torres said. “They have continued to give me the training, knowledge, and support throughout the years so that I can perform my job to the best of my abilities.”
Torres was born and raised in Cincinnati’s Deer Park. She became an Army Reserve military police officer in 2003, served 10 years and finished with the rank of an E-6.
After a deployment to Iraq in 2005, she was treated at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center’s Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Clinic. Her experience was so positive with Nurse Practitioner Emma Bunag-Boehm that she decided to pursue a police career in the VA.
“The VA Police became a way I could give back to my fellow soldiers by helping them connect to VA Services. I want all Veterans to have a great experience at the VA like I did,” Torres said.
Torres’ outreach to establish a local Veterans Justice Outreach training program that helps incarcerated Veterans was recognized as a “trend setter” by VA national program leaders. “Rachel always puts forth the extra time and effort to produce the highest quality of work in everything that she does,” VA Police Service Chief David Bartos said.
In her 16 years of federal service, Torres’ commitment to helping Veterans is unwavering. “I wanted to become a Police Officer so that I could have a career with meaning,” Torres said.