Outstanding Traffic Safety Task Force Coordinator Honored as Target Zero Manager of the Year

OLYMPIA – The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) honored Hilary Torres as its 2016 Target Zero Manager (TZM) of the Year. Torres is the TZM in Region 6, which is Clark and Skamania Counties. TZMs are traffic safety coordinators located throughout the state of Washington. These individuals support local efforts to assess the needs and capacity of communities that they serve in traffic safety efforts, and help to design and implement strategies to address those needs. The TZM network operates across the state of Washington and provides many resources to local law enforcement, providing guidance and support to their regions for High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) related activities. TZMs are an integral part of any successful HVE and traffic safety program in our state.

Hilary faced many challenges when she began her role as Region 6 TZM in January 2016. Clark and Skamania Counties had been without a TZM for some time and there was not a functioning task force to guide her learning. In addition, many law enforcement agencies had opted out of participating in WTSC-funded HVE programs. Hilary did not let that deter her and she hit the ground running. Over the past year, Hilary has developed the task force into a high-functioning unit. Her early strategies for success were focused on capacity building. She contacted local law enforcement agencies and built the task force up to where nearly every agency in the region is attending meetings and participating in HVE and other task force events.

“Hilary started this position with zero experience in traffic safety or law enforcement,” said Jerry Noviello, Local Coordination Program Manager at the WTSC. “But she takes every opportunity to learn from those around her, from her LEL and other local law enforcement in Clark County and other TZMs throughout the state, to WTSC staff in Olympia. It’s this quality that allows Hilary to excel at such a high level. She is always actively looking for successful programs and then seeks ways to learn every detail about them so that she can bring them back to Clark County.”

The WTSC also honored Officer Mark Brinkman of the Lynnwood Police Department (Region 10, Snohomish County), as its 2016 LEL of the Year. The awards were presented at the April 20th Washington Traffic Safety Commission quarterly meeting.