Weatherford News

Parker County REACT training academy nears

Weatherford Police Department, along with Freedom House and the Parker County Responding to Every Assault and Crisis Team (REACT), have teamed up to host the 2016 REACT Training Academy. The academy is scheduled to begin April 5, and will run through May 5, with classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Freedom House located at 1149 Fort Worth Hwy. and the Weatherford Police Department located at 801 Santa Fe Drive.

REACT is a victim centered service organization developed to assist those who have been affected by trauma and violent crime. REACT volunteers work closely with law enforcement officers to provide on-scene crisis intervention and assist with the immediate needs of those who have experienced a traumatic event.

This training is designed to enhance your knowledge in the areas of victimization and crisis intervention. Attendees will learn from law enforcement officers, Freedom House, Parker County Attorney’s Office representatives and many other local professionals. Class topics include:

▪  Crisis intervention

▪  Crime scene procedures

▪  Dealing with death/grief

▪  Child abuse

▪  Domestic violence

▪  Sexual assault

▪  Alcohol and drug abuse

▪  Suicide

▪  Texas Law Enforcement

▪ Telecommunication System

Upon completion of the training, you will have the opportunity to join the Parker County Responding to Every Assault and Crisis Team. REACT volunteers have many avenues in which to give back to the community such as going on call-outs to help with victim needs and crisis intervention, volunteering at Freedom House, Parker County Attorney’s Office, and Weatherford Police Department.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old, a Parker County resident, and have a clear criminal history. For more information and an application for the academy, please visit the website at You may also contact Kim Chilcutt, REACT President at 817-596-0823, Mary Lou Curry at Freedom House at 817-596-7543 or Alecia Durham at Weatherford Police Department at 817-598-4325 with any questions.