The Victim Services Unit is a division of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office. The Victim Services Team is a group of volunteers that are trained in crisis triage for survivors, witnesses, and families who have been traumatized by the experience of death, serious injury, violent crime, or natural disaster.
Must be 21 years of age
Must have a working telephone
Must have a valid Texas driver's license, proof of current insurance, a good driving record and reliable transportation
Complete application, screening and initial interview
Must submit to background investigation and criminal history check
Must be able to make a one-year commitment
Must be able to take 6 on call shifts of at least six hours a month, one of which should be a weekend shift
Complete Training Program
Must attend mandatory monthly meetings and any additional required training sessions
Why You Are Needed
Following a traumatic event, people often feel helpless, confused, and emotionally shocked.
After the emergency responders (fire, police, and EMS) conduct their initial investigation and complete their reports, they often have other calls they must respond to. Victim Services response teams can remain with victims, survivors, and witnesses in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy to assist them with temporary support through the first very difficult hours. Victim Services can hep to get officers and emergency personnel back on the street more quickly and provide support on the scene as well as referrals for other Assistance. The more individuals involved as victim's advocates, the greater the community impact.