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Victim Services

 

“It’s the most gratifying thing I’ve ever done in my life”

- Jackie J. Volunteer Victim Advocate since 2014.

 

Do you want to help others in need in your community?

Are you interested in really making a difference for someone? Would you like to be a part of a team that provides opportunities for self-growth and fulfillment? Then volunteer as a Victim Advocate for the Boulder Police Department!

Boulder Police Victim Advocates hold a special place in the community. They provide victims with access to resources, referrals, support and practical help AND they take time to listen or offer a shoulder to cry on.

Victim Advocates work closely with police officers and provide a service that is extremely valuable to the whole community. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds, but they all have empathy, compassion and dedication.

Applications open for Volunteer Victim Advocate 

Advocates work with the victims of crimes, accidents, natural disasters and other critical events to provide support services that include: providing information, emotional support and referrals to other local resources which may be able to offer the victim additional assistance and services.

Victim Advocates at the Boulder Police Department volunteer their time, and are on call for one shift per month.

 Requirements include:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be able to work one shift per month
  • Required to attend a 40-hour training session
  • One-year commitment to the program

There are three on-call shifts available, dayshift is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, nightshift is from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m., Monday – Friday, and the weekend shift starts at 6p.m. on Friday and ends at 6 a.m. on Monday.

Victim advocate training will run March 31st - April 18th, 2020. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Boulder Police Department. The training session will cover crisis intervention, community resources, active listening and emotional responses to grief and trauma.

Registration is open and applications are due by March 24, 2020. Applications are available at Boulder Police Department; located at 1805 33rd Street. Applications are also posted on the department’s website at https://bouldercolorado.gov/police/volunteer-victim-advocate-application

For more information, please contact Victim Services Coordinator Susan Townley at 303-441-4048 or [email protected].