Victim Services & Chaplains Director, Chattanooga Police Department
Caroline Huffaker serves as the Victim Services & Chaplains Director for the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD). In 2016, Ms. Huffaker was hired by the Chattanooga Police Department and was tasked with building the very first, co-located Victim Services Unit for the Department. She oversees advocacy services that are provided to victims and survivors of crime through the Victim Services Unit and the Chaplains Program. She regularly trains both sworn personnel and professional staff on victim-centered, survivor-led approaches in advocacy as well as trauma informed policing and care. Ms. Huffaker also supports victims through departmental policy development to ensure best practices are being utilized. In 2018, the CPD’s Victim Services Unit was selected for the FBI’s ELEVATE Project as a Promising Practices Agency in Law Enforcement Based Victim Services. Prior to her work at Chattanooga PD, Ms. Huffaker worked for the Partnership’s Rape Crisis Center as their program supervisor. During her tenure, Ms. Huffaker started the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) of Hamilton County, which is a multidisciplinary team committed to quality services, support and improved case outcomes for victims and survivors of sexual assault. The Hamilton County SART is still active today. Also, during her time at Partnership, Ms. Huffaker was cross trained in advocacy for child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking and elder abuse cases. Ms. Huffaker provides technical assistance to multiple law enforcement jurisdictions and government municipalities on the implementation of law enforcement-based victim services. Additionally, she has presented at the local, state and national levels on the benefits of collaborative responses to victims and survivors of crime. Ms. Huffaker served as an advisory board member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police on their national demonstration project for eliminating gender bias in Law Enforcement. She has more than 12 years of experience in the field of victim advocacy.