The Victim Services Unit personnel serve crime victims, their families and communities who have experienced the trauma of victimization by providing crisis intervention, providing resource and referral information, assistance in applying for Crime Victims' Compensation and protective orders, accompaniment through the criminal justice system, advocacy and counseling. Additionally unit personnel are available to conduct information and education programs about crime victims' rights and victim services to law enforcement, mental health and medical professionals, educational institutions, various community organizations and the community at large in San Marcos.
Roya WilliamsonVictim Services CoordinatorPhone: 512-753-2106
Victim Services Coordinator, Roya Williamson started with the San Marcos Police Department in June 2007. She serves on the Board of The Friends of the Family Justice Center, the Village of San Marcos and the Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She is a member of the Hays County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT), the Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT), the SMPD/HCSO Crisis Negotiation Team and is the Co-Coordinator for the Hays County Regional Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team. Prior to her employment with the Police Department, she served the San Marcos and Hays County community as the Assistant Director of the Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Roya Williamson holds a masters degree in psychology and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with over 29 years experience in the mental health field.
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Monika LaceyVictim Services Specialist
Monika Lacey joined San Marcos Police Department in 2017. Monika was hired as a bilingual Victim Services Specialist. Monika holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice, with a Minor in Sociology, from the University of Texas San Antonio.
Monika has 28 years in the Criminal Justice field. Monika is a member of the Hays County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT), and Texas Victim Services Association.
Volunteers Sought for Crisis Response Team
The San Marcos Police Department Victims Services program is looking for a few good volunteers to serve on a Crisis Response Team to aid victims of disaster, trauma and violent crime.
The fundamental role of a Crisis Response Team member is to be there for the victims.
The team member may just need to listen, help them find resources, or serve as an advocate in the justice system.
People You'll Help
Volunteers will be called upon to support victims of major crimes in San Marcos, including survivors of homicide victims, DWI hit and run fatalities, assault, family violence, child abuse, elder abuse, sexual assault, kidnapping, other crimes, traumatic events and disasters.
Team members will provide referrals and information about community resources, legal options, the criminal justice process, victims' rights and compensation. Sometimes they will accompany victims to court or provide transportation to shelter or other safe location.
The volunteers will work under the supervision of the Police Department and must maintain strict confidentiality in their service.
Volunteers will learn about the history of the program, policies and procedures, sexual assault, family violence, the criminal justice system, legal advocacy, and communications.
Candidates for the team must be at least 18 years old. They must fill out an application form and a notarized waiver for release of information, at which point a police background check will be performed.
Applicants will be screened at an interview with Williamson and a 2nd interview with a panel before final participants are selected.
Applications are available at the San Marcos Police Department. For more information about the program, contact Williamson at the SMPD Victims Services Office at 512-753-2106 or email Williamson.
Resources Available for Crime Victims
The Crime Victims' Compensation Program, managed by the Office of the Attorney General, helps crime victims and their immediate families with financial costs associated with crimes. Individuals can be compensated for eligible costs including counseling, medical treatment, funerals, and loss of income.
For more information about the Crime Victims' Compensation Program visit the Office of the Attorney General - Crime Victims. For assistance in submitting an application, please contact SMPD Victim Services.