The Burleson Police Department established a Victim Assistance Program in 1989 that provides full victim services normally found only in large agencies. The coordinator responds directly to the scene of major incidents where immediate crisis intervention is needed.
The victim of a violent crime is someone who has suffered bodily injury or death or who is the victim of sexual assault, kidnapping or aggravated robbery or the close relative (spouse, parent, or brother, sister or child) or the guardian of a victim. Texas state law requires law enforcement agencies to provide certain services to victims and to ensure their rights are protected. It is up to the individual agencies to establish how these services are provided and administered. In most small agencies the services provided are minimal, at best, due to limited funds.