May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. During this time, we want to highlight some of the amazing officers that work at the Odessa Police Department.
Sergeant Vijita Y was born in The Bronx, New York. She was raised in the North Dallas area and graduated from Newman Smith School in Carrollton, TX. She has been with the Odessa Police Department for approximately 9 ½ years and is on Patrol, SWAT, Honor Guard, and is a Narcotics detective.
We asked her why she joined Law Enforcement. "As a first-generation Asian American, which stemmed from the Cambodian genocide, growing up in the United States had its struggles but made me appreciate the opportunities the United States gave us," Sergeant Y said. "With those experiences, I wanted to be part of the solution and have a positive impact on the short lives we all live. I enjoy the positive interaction from the communities, which makes the tougher part of the job meaningful." She has reached that goal of making a difference and is a recipient of the Life-Saving Award.
Sergeant Y believes Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is important because it provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions, achievements, and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. She says that this month-long observance also raises awareness of the challenges faced by these communities and promotes understanding and appreciation of their rich cultures and histories.
There are many things that Sergeant Y loves about her culture. "I love to eat, so I appreciate the food. I also appreciate the sense of attachment, loyalty, importance, and pride for your family." When she is not working, Sergeant Y enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes to travel and experience new places, food, and culture!
Thank you, Sergeant Vijita Y, for helping the members of our community!