We hope you've been enjoying our Hispanic Heritage Month postings and meeting our employees!
This time, meet Mayra Hinojos. She's been with the Odessa Police Department for 19 years and works as an Intelligence Analyst, a civilian position.
She was born and raised right here in Odessa and is fluent in Spanish. She is a first-generation American, her parents were from Mexico.
Her bilingual skills come in handy and her patience comes from the fact she knows what it's like to struggle with the language barrier. Her first language was Spanish and she didn't start learning English until she went to school.
Mayra has also worked in OPD's Records, Detectives, and Narcotics Departments. She recalls the intense vetting process to get into OPD which included a lengthy background check and a polograph test.
She's the mother of a 4-year-old and 11-year-old. As far as the Hispanic Culture, she loves all of the holiday celebrations with family.