Texas Prosecutor, September-October 2018

Upcoming training for prosecutor staff and VACs

TDCAA’s Key Personnel & Victim Assistance Coordinator Seminar will be held November 7–9 at the Inn of the Hills in Kerrville. TDCAA’s Key Personnel-Victim Services Board, along with TDCAA’s Training Director Brian Klas, have put together outstanding training topics for this seminar. They include a block on Presumptive Eligibility Certification from the Texas Attorney General’s Office and talks on protective orders, essential skills for victim assistance coordinators (VACs), bond forfeiture, witness coordination, and understanding intake, just to name a few.  
    Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other key personnel and victim service coordinators from prosecutor offices across the state and learn from others who are top in their field. Visit https://www.tdcaa.com/training/2018-key-personnel-victim-assistance-coor... for registration and hotel information.  

Board elections
Elections for the West (Regions 1 & 2) and North Central (Regions 3 & 7) Areas for the 2019 Key Personnel & Victim Services Board will be held on Thursday, November 8, at 1:15 p.m. (during the Key Personnel & Victim Assistance Coordinator Seminar at the Inn of the Hills in Kerrville). See the map below to identify your region.
    The Board assists in preparing and developing operational procedures, standards, training, and educational programs. Regional representatives serve as a point of contact for their region. To be eligible to serve on the board, each candidate must have the permission of the elected prosecutor, attend the elections at the KP-VAC Seminar, and pay TDCAA membership dues prior to the meeting.  
    If you are interested in training and want to give input on speakers and topics at TDCAA conferences for KP and VACs, please consider running for the board. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

In-office visits
I am available for in-office support to your victim services program. We at TDCAA realize the majority of VACs in prosecutor offices across Texas are the only people in their office responsible for the victim services program and for compiling information to send to crime victims as required by Chapter 56 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. We realize VACs may not have anyone locally to turn to for advice and at times could use assistance or moral support.  
    My travels have recently taken me to Brown, Kerr, Newton, and Coleman Counties to assist VACs, prosecutors, and staff with in-office consultations for their prosecutor-based victim services projects. Thanks to each of these offices! I thoroughly enjoy my job and my travels across Texas. I realize how nice it is to have someone to turn to when victim-services-related questions surface.  
    Please email me at [email protected] .com for inquiries, support, or to schedule an in-office consultation or group presentation.

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