A CDCR parole agent who was instrumental in the seizure of firearms, drugs and large amounts of cash as well as being part of several major felony arrests has been named Parole Agent of the Year by the California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association.

Parole Agent Anthony Torres, right, with Parole Administrator III Michelle Lewis.

Parole Agent I Anthony Torres received the honor this fall for his outstanding work as part of the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) Capitol District in Sacramento.

Agent Torres joined the Sacramento Gang Global Positioning System (GPS) Unit in November 2016 and soon had an impact, said Michelle Lewis, Capitol District Parole Administrator.

“His eagerness and willingness to take on extra tasks helped build relationships with our local law enforcement in Sacramento County,” she said. “Agent Torres built relationships working closely with the Sacramento Sherriff Gang IMPACT Team, Elk Grove Police Department, and Sacramento Police Department.”

Torres’ work in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies produced notable results.

For example, a lieutenant with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department lauded Torres’ contributions, including help finding a shooting suspect after all leads had gone cold.

Agent Torres helped the Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Unit find the suspect’s residence. The suspect fled but was eventually arrested.

Torres also helped deputies find a known associate of the suspect. A search of the associate’s residence turned up a stolen .40-caliber handgun.

He also is a sworn member participating on a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force.

Torres started his CDCR career as a Correctional Officer in 1995. He promoted to Parole Agent in 2008.