RALEIGH -- The holiday season can be emotionally tough for some, but the Raleigh Police Department has a helping hand available for some.

The police department employs a trauma counselor to provide emotional support for people affected by crimes in the city.

The counselor, Kimberly Jackson-Luzader, says it's important not only to investigate crimes but to make sure the people directly affected by them are in good spirits.

"If we can start to treat trauma early on, then people have better outcomes as far as being able to cope and get back to normal living if the right supports are in place," said Jackson-Luzader.

The service is free for people with ties to crimes the Raleigh Police Department has investigated.