Juvenile Detective / L.E.A.D. and #NotEvenOnce Instructor
In addition to her regular duties in the Detective Bureau, Det. Judy Torres performs the function of Juvenile Officer. She assists with juvenile/family crisis incidents, maintains State required records related to juvenile delinquency cases and administers the stationhouse adjustment program for eligible juvenile offenders. She also serves as a liaison between the police department and the schools and court system.
As part of her duties as the Juvenile Officer, Det. Torres teaches the L.E.A.D. Program (formerly D.A.R.E.) to the fifth grade students at Halsted Middle School. This program is a ten week course of study which helps the students make healthy choices for themselves. The program covers peer pressure, drugs (both legal and illegal), and positive decision making.
Det. Torres also conducts a program entitled #NotEvenOnce which is taught to the junior and senior classes at Newton High School. This program brings to light the opioid epidemic facing our country and ways to avoid becoming addicted.