In July 2000, the Lubbock Police Department Victim Services Crisis Team began responding to victims involved in a traumatic incidents, as well as their families and friends.
At the request of a police officer, the Crisis Team volunteers will respond to victims, families, and friends involved in crisis situations such as assaults, suicides or threats of suicide, family violence/domestic disturbances, child abuse/neglect, homicide, suicide, traffic accidents, etc. The goal of the Crisis Team is to provide on-scene support, counseling, judicial advocacy, and link victims and their families with the community resources that will best suit their needs.
Volunteers must complete 12 hours of classroom training and over 40 hours of field training. In addition, they must complete an 8-hour ride along with a police officer. A current defensive driving certificate is required. Volunteers work at least one shift per month from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Friday or Saturday night. They are provided a city car, police radio, in-car computer, and other necessary gear for these patrol shifts.
Volunteer requirements are: (1) must be at least 21 years of age, (2) have a Bachelor’s Degree in a mental health or related field and at least 1 year of experience in crisis counseling; (3) No class A or B Misdemeanor or Felony charges; (4) ability to complete the required training; (5) have a caring attitude and good communications skills; (6) commit to at least one shift per month for at least a year.
It is our belief that this program greatly benefits the citizens of Lubbock. If you have questions, please email Sgt. Lowell Owens at Lowens@mail.ci.lubbock.tx.us or call 806-775-2875.