FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2020

TCSO Victim Services Unit Seeks Volunteers

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Unit is seeking persons of excellent moral standing with the sensitivity and self-awareness necessary to provide effective assistance to those in crisis. TCSO VSU Volunteers provide immediate assistance to victims of various criminal and crisis circumstances including, but not limited to: Family Violence, Sexual Assaults, Child/Elder Abuse, Aggravated Assaults, Robberies/Burglaries, Suicides, Structure Fires, Death Notifications, Natural/Accidental Deaths and Major Traffic Accidents.

TCSO VSU Volunteers must complete a comprehensive virtual training program that is scheduled for August 3rd – September 3rd (Mondays 6 – 9pm, Wednesdays 6 – 9pm, Thursdays 6 – 9pm). Volunteers will assist with phone calls and accompany on a series of calls before being cleared to take calls independently.

** On-scene response is currently not permitted for TCSO VSU Volunteers due to COVID-19. It is under constant review to ensure the safety of both victims and volunteers.**

TCSO VSU Volunteers need to be 21 or older, with a reliable, insured vehicle, a working cell phone and a schedule that allows for (4) four-hour shifts of on-call duty per month. Volunteers must also be willing to submit to a background check that includes fingerprints. To volunteer, visit https://www.tcsheriff.org/victim-services/volunteers.
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Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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