The “Amazing, Unsung Work” of TX Police Crime Victim Unit


The Arlington, Tx., Police Department’s victim services unit the largest of its kind in North Texas, dwarfing its counterparts in Dallas and Ft. Worth, reports the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. The Arlington unit consoles and advises people traumatized by everything from headline-grabbing murders to garage break-ins.

With 10 paid staffers, eight college interns — several from the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work — and three volunteers, it aided 13,043 people last year. Police spokeswoman Tiara Richard says it “does amazing, unsung work. It’s a very, very tough job, but they are good at it.” It was honored in 2009 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Coordinator Derrelynn Perryman, a licensed social worker, has been with the unit for 17 years. She views her team as a necessity, not an afterthought, for the Police Department: “I think [the public] should expect nothing less than what we do.”

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