Waco Police Victim Services Unit awarded the 2012 Excellence in Victim Services Award

October 12, 2012

Pictured from left to right are Tami Parsons, Victim Services Volunteer Coordinator, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman and Melissa Beseda, Victim Services Unit Director.  Photo by Robin A. Leach, Crime Scene Technician

Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman has local ties

It was announced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 that the Waco Police Department’s Victim Services Unit was the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Victim Services Award. The unit was singled out as the medium (population) agency winner for police departments in the country. Unit members received the award and were recognized at the IACP’s 119th Annual Conference in San Diego, California on Oct. 1.
Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman say’s of the unit, “The Victim Services staff and volunteers have been an excellent voice for the victims in the city of Waco and McLennan County. They have worked hard to earn the Excellence in Victim Services Award through the International Association of Chiefs of Police. They have provided support not only to the community, but also to the police department and its employees. As one of the few victim services units within a police department in the state of Texas, we are privileged to have the unit as a part of our team”.
The Waco Police Department Victim Services Unit serves as a voice for the crime victims in Waco. The unit provides on-scene crisis intervention to victims of crime, witnesses and family members of the victim. The unit’s goal is to ensure that each victim’s needs are addressed by establishing a continuous relationship with them as they progress through the phases of recovery.
Victim Services Unit Director Melissa Beseda describes the accomplishments of the unit as follows, "The unit has 46 volunteers that cover calls after hours and on the weekends.
In 2011 we had a total of 394 callouts
In 2011 our volunteers worked a combined total of 12,529 hours and calculated at $21.36/ph they saved the department $267,624.78. We assisted 1,123 victims in the Waco, McLennan County for the year of 2011."
In 2011 950 Crime Victim Compensation letters were mailed to eligible victims.
"We have two volunteers that have received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteering for more than 4,000 hours in a lifetime. One of those volunteers has worked a total of 12,500 hours and the other 8,050 hours. For the year of 2012 we will have four additional volunteers that will have reached the 4,000 hours and will be receiving the award. The Waco Police Department is proud of the accomplishments and dedication of the members in the Victim Services Unit."
Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman is the son of longtime Sweetwater/Nolan County residents Carroll and Dorothy Stroman.

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