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                  Roberto Gomez

 

Criminal Investigative Division

Currently your investigative division is made up of a supervising Sergeant, property/financial crimes investigator, person’s crimes investigator and V.A.W.A. (Violence Against Women Grant) investigator.

“To investigate reported incidents and find facts, in order to quickly meet the best results we can for victims of crimes, to include citizens of Bellmead, the State of Texas and the United States.  We do this with dedication, team work and fact finding while maintaining accuracy and completeness which drives us through to the end of each and every investigation.”

-Chief Lydia Alvardo

The Property Crime Detective specializes in crimes such as burglary, theft, criminal mischief along with financial crimes like credit card abuse, forgery, theft of service along with many other property and financial crimes. The Crimes Against Persons Detective specializes in crimes such as assaultive offenses, sexual assault, along with crimes against children and many other offenses.

 

VAWA /Victim Services

To read the victim assistance program letters, provided by Chief Alvardo, click on either the English or Spanish version below.

 

The Bellmead Police Department strives to provide the highest quality of services to its citizens. In doing so it has expanded and augmented the resources it provides to its citizens. Two unique resources that serve our citizens are the Violence against Women Detective (VAWA) and services provided by the Crime Victim Liaison (CVL). The V.A.W.A. Detective is assigned specifically to violent crimes against women, as a requirement of the grant, to include crimes relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

Violence against Women Detective (VAWA)

Violence Against Women Detective
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701 Maxfield. Bellmead, TX 76705
Office: 254-799- 0251 ext.155

VAWA Detective ensures that victims and their families have access to the services they need to achieve safety and rebuild their lives by providing closure through case convictions. The VAWA detective assist focuses their attention on serving and protecting the under-served members of the community to include our cities undocumented women.

The Bellmead Police Chief Lydia Alvarado recognized the need for further assistance for the number of crimes committed regarding or associated with domestic violence and more, not only in the City of Bellmead but across the nation. In order to combat those crimes, Chief Alvarado worked diligently to obtain V.A.W.A or Violence Against Women Act grant multiple years in a row to assist in the investigation of the large number of cases relating to these offenses.

Crime Victim Liaison (CVL)

Crime Victim Liaison
Roberto V. Gomez
701 Maxfield. Bellmead, TX 76705
Office: 254-799- 0251 ext.149
Cell: 254-424- 2027

CVL provides a series of assistance to victims and their families. This includes Crisis Intervention, referrals to resources with the communities as well as financial assistance through the Crime Victims Compensation Program.

The Police Department offers S.H.A.R.P. or Sexual Harassment And Rape Prevention training for our community. We have two trained instructors and offer this to citizens periodically throughout the year.  S.H.A.R.P. is free course instructed by C.I.D. to assist in self defense, methodology and techniques. The goal is to provide an extra tool to recognize danger, have a plan of action, and to execute that action or in the worst case scenario defend themselves against assailants by providing methods to “get away”.

 

“Your investigative division is proud to serve you and recognizes that we will often times be with you in some of the most trying times of your life. Through fulfilling our purpose and utilizing our resources, we will always strive to provide you the most thorough investigations and conclusion for your case. While, assuring you receive all victim services available.”

-Chief Lydia Alvarado

 

 

 

Helpful Information

The Office of the Attorney General 
For Crime Victim Compensation forms please click on the link.
For Victim Rights and Eligibility information please click on the link.

Lone Star Legal Aid
Provides legal services to victims and citizens at low to no cost. Contact the Waco
office at 254-756- 7944 / toll free at 800-299- 5596. Lone Star also has a special unit to assist Sexual Assault Victims in their legal services. http://www.lonestarlegal.org/ 900 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701

Family Abuse Center
Provides Emergency Shelter to victims of Domestic Violence. They also provide
additional services such as Counseling, Legal services, clothing and much more.
Contact 1-800-283-8401, http://www.familyabusecenter.org/

Advocacy Center for Crime Victims & Children
Crisis Intervention –  Call the hotline for more information at  254-752-7233 or toll free at 888-867-7233.
Case Management
– assessment, referrals, and advocacy for clients with law enforcement, the court system, and other agencies
Counseling – professional, confidential counseling for victims of all crimes and their families
Support groups – sexual assault survivor groups for women, men, boys, girls, and teens
Child Fatality Review Team – tracks trends and risks; educates the community in ways to prevent child deaths
Community Education – informs children, teachers, clergy and other community members about child abuse issues
Family enrichment groups – provide non-violent ways to deal with communication and discipline issues.

Starry Counseling
Provides counseling to children and their family going through traumatic
experiences at no cost that are not within CPS care.
254-399- 6552 / 3001 W Waco Dr, Waco, TX 76707

Nurse Family Partnership
provides services for first time pregnant women and their infant through a
evidence based community health home visitation program.
254-202- 1130 / 100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard Waco, Texas 76712 (@ Women & Children Bldg)

Bellmead Victim Services Volunteer Program
Opportunity to stand up and help your neighbor.
Bellmead Volunteer program is a chance for citizens to make a difference in their community.

Waco Resource Manual
Click on the link for an extensive view of resource of activities in your community.