New Volunteer Training Class

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Victim Assistance Unit is looking for volunteers. Volunteers will be trained to respond to emergency situations in Williamson County. Volunteers provide immediate on-scene response to victims of crime or traumatic circumstances. This position offers an opportunity to work directly with victims of crime, law enforcement and other first responders.

Duties:

Volunteers provide support to victims and their families by providing pertinent resources and information about the criminal justice system. Typically, volunteers respond to calls including Death notifications and investigations, Family Violence, Sexual Assault, Serious Injury collisions and Fatalities, Child Abuse, fires and Natural Disasters. The minimum time commitment is three-12 hour shifts per month and attendance in a regularly scheduled monthly unit meeting. Victim Assistance personnel respond to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Requirements:

Anyone interested in becoming a part of the Victim’s Assistance Unit must be at least 21 years of age, live inside Williamson County, pass a background check, have a valid Texas Driver’s License and commit to one year of service. Applicants meeting all specified requirements may be called for an interview.

Physical Requirements:

Due to the nature of this service, all volunteers must be physically capable of navigating difficult terrain, able to stand for long periods of time, work in all weather conditions, climb multiple flights of stairs and lift weight of approximately 30 pounds.

To Apply:

If you would like more information regarding the Williamson County Victim Assistance program or to obtain an application, please call Julie Hobbs at (512)943-1374, email juliehobbs@wilco.org or go to the Williamson County website at www.wilco.org and download an application.

Interested applicants should apply before February 15, 2016. Classroom training is scheduled for Friday, February 26, 2015 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM, Saturday February 27, 2016 from 9:00AM until 5:00PM and Sunday February 28, 2016 from 9:00AM until 5:00PM. Attendance for all classroom training is mandatory.

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Victim Assistance Unit

Welcome to the website for the Victim Assistance Unit of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office

If you, a loved one or a member of your family has been affected by crisis, trauma or concerns, following criminal victimization, please contact the Victim Assistance Unit of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.

As members of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, we are dedicated to serving the citizens of Williamson County. We understand that crime and victimization affects individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities in a variety of ways.

We can offer a number of services, resources and information designed to assist you.  Please feel free to review the information and resources on this website and call or email us if we may be of assistance.

Dean Higginbotham, Program Director
512-943-1375
email: chigginbotham@wilco.org

Julie Hobbs, Volunteer Coordinator
512-943-1374
email:
juliehobbs@wilco.org

Priscilla Moreno, Caseworker
512-943-1373
email: pmoreno@wilco.org

    

 



 
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Victim Assistance Volunteer Team

Our Volunteeer Program

The Victim Assistance Program is a division of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. The Victim Assistance Volunteer Team is a group of highly trained volunteers, specializing in crisis intervention for survivors, witnesses and families who have been traumatized by the experience of death, serious injury, violent crime, or natural disaster. Victim Assistance representatives are available to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Purpose

Following a traumatic event, people often feel helpless, confused and emotionally shocked. After the Emergency Responders (fire, police, and EMS) conduct their initial investigation, they often have other calls they must attend to. Victim Service Response Teams remain with the victims in the immediate aftermath to assist the victim(s) with temporary support through the first difficult hours and provide referrals for further assistance.

Types of situations we respond to….

It is our ultimate goal to have the ability to respond to any situation in which emergency personnel would need our assistance including but not limited to; homicides, suicides/suicidal attempts, natural death, death notifications, fires, child/elder abuse, family violence, sexual Assaults, traffic accidents, general welfare concerns, violent crimes and natural disasters.

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Missing Persons


Rachel CookeName: Rachel Cooke
Missing Since: January 10, 2002 at 11:00 AM
Age: 20
Missing From: Home in North Lake Area, Georgetown, Texas
Sex: female
Height: 5 ft 2 in
Weight: 120
Eye Color: hazel
Hair Color: blonde with auburn streaks
Race: white
                                Complexion: fair
                                Birth Date: May 10, 1982
 

Distinguishing Marks:  Ms. Cooke has pierced ears and a pierced naval. Both ears have multiple piercings, one ear having an upper piercing. She has tattoos of two heart shaped cherries on her left shoulder and a black star on her left foot.
Clothing Description: green sports top, grey shorts, Asics shoes and carrying a yellow Walkman
Rachel, visiting home from college, disappeared while she was out on her morning jog.

If you have any information about RACHEL COOKE please call:
Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-253-STOP
Williamson County Sheriff's Department at 512-943-1300
Texas Equusearch at 281-309-9500

Or contact the Detective directly working this case at cid@wilco.org

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Sheriff's Office
Victims Assistance

508 South Rock St.
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1375
Driving Directions

Dean Higginbotham
Program Director
(512) 943-1375
chigginbotham@wilco.org

Julie Hobbs
Volunteer Coordinator
(512) 943-1374
juliehobbs@wilco.org
Priscilla Moreno
Caseworker
(512) 943-1373
pmoreno@wilco.org
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710 Main Street Georgetown, TX 78626
Main Telephone: (512)943-1100
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