Application Process, Requirements, and Disqualifiers for Police Officer and Cadet:
Under general supervision, the Community Affairs Specialist plans, organizes, and implements specialized community services programs; educates the community about crime and crime prevention; acts as liaison between the police department and the community; develops and implements community relations programs to improve the relationship with police and the community and to reduce crime; performs other duties as required.
Examples of Duties
Plans, organizes, and implements community services programs that educate the community about crime and crime prevention.
Coordinates event planning for Department-sponsored events, such as open house programs, displays and exhibits.
Acts as a Department representative and liaison to internal/external customers/citizens, special interest groups, and the general public. Attend, facilitate and speak at conferences, neighborhood meetings, workshops; prepare and deliver presentations.
Communicates with public regarding community problems; answers questions; directs public to proper resources.
Prepares periodic reports relative to community affairs activities and events.
Experience and Training
Bachelor's degree in public or business administration or related area.
Two (2) years of experience in community service, public information, conflict resolution or related work. Additional experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis up to two (2) years.
Certificates and Licenses Required
Valid Texas Driver's License or ability to obtain prior to employment.
Under general supervision, the Victim Services Advocate provides a variety of support services to victims of crime, law enforcement and the community. This is accomplished by providing crisis intervention; tracking and supporting victims throughout the legal process; advising victims of their rights; and coordinating application for compensation.
Examples of Duties
Create professionally written communications and utilization of law enforcement database for investigative needs
Respond to requests for services by police department personnel and members of the community
Provide or arrange for transportation of victims for police related matters
Respond to telephone calls from victims, community members and other agencies
Develop and maintain relationships with service providers and coordinates services for victims and persons in need
Works cooperatively with the officers and detectives, while advocating for the rights of the victims of crime, as outlined in the Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 56-Rights of Crime Victims
Assist with administration of the Victim Services Volunteer program including scheduling and monitoring the program in the absence of the coordinator
Develops and presents public information and educational programs for community groups, police department training and general education
Provide emotional and moral support to victims and relay pertinent information to detectives
Assist detectives with follow-up on victims
Provide care of minors or infants when in temporary custody
Answer questions about protective orders
Conduct follow-up contact with victims of crime and provides referrals to other agencies
All other duties, as necessary for the good of the department and community
Experience and Training
Associates degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or a related field is required.
Minimum one (1) year required. Two years of additional work experience directly related to the role may substitute for the Associate's degree.
Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
It is the policy of this Department not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, equal pay, genetic information, or any other manner that violates the law. No artificial barriers shall be intentionally or otherwise created to deny either qualified applicants for employment or current employees of the Department equal employment consideration. Violations of this policy shall be cause for disciplinary action.