Buda Police Department could add victim services coordinator position through grant funding

Currently, the duties of a victim services position fall to Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police Brittany Tate. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Currently, the duties of a victim services position fall to Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police Brittany Tate. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Currently, the duties of a victim services position fall to Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police Brittany Tate. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Buda City Council authorized the Buda Police Department to seek a grant for a full-time victim services coordinator position.

The grant request would cover the start-up costs of the position, salary, benefits, supplies and more totaling $74,984 funded by the Capitol Area Council of Governments. If approved, the city of Buda would assume the costs of the position after its first year.

Agenda documents from a Feb. 1 council meeting state all other law enforcement agencies in Hays County have at least one full-time victim services position to serve the victims of crimes within their jurisdiction.

Among other responsibilities, victim services coordinators provide on-scene assistance to victims of crimes, aid in support and follow-ups on active cases, provide counseling and accompany victims to court.

Currently, the duties of a victim services position fall to Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police Brittany Tate, according to city information.


Documents from the Feb. 1 meeting state the city would benefit from having a dedicated position focused solely on crime victims.

According to a staff analysis, the city has grown enough to justify the new position, and "it would be appropriate for the [BPD] to provide additional resources in this area and be more proactive and involved with crime victims and their rights."
By Zara Flores
Zara joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in August 2021. Prior to CI, she interned at Picket Fence Media in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Fullerton where she was assistant news editor for the Daily Titan and copy editor for Tusk Magazine. Zara covers education, business, government and more for Buda, Kyle and San Marcos.