You may be noticing a trend! We have numerous employees who have been here for decades. Melinda Vasquez, an Intelligence Analyst, is another one of those employees. She's a civilian and has been a part of the OPD family for 31 years. We're a little biased but believe it could be an indicator of a great work environment.
We asked Melinda what's kept her here so long. She said, "I work with a wonderful group of people. I am blessed and love what I do."
Melinda says that one of the most interesting things working at OPD so long; is seeing how technology has evolved over the years. She recalls a time when all they had was a typewriter. Melinda also says the high-tech world is making it easier to catch criminals. Melinda appreciates the teamwork it takes when her information-gathering helps detectives get the criminals off the streets.
Melinda was born and raised in Odessa. Like many Hispanics, she’s proud of the bond of families in the culture, and she loves the traditions.
Melinda has been married to Jacob Vasquez for 24 years and is also the mother of two, beautiful daughters, Laura and Jacqueline.
Thank you for your dedication to the Odessa Police Department!