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. Now accepting applications through March 29, 2024!

Victim Advocates

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.

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!

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

- Jackie J. Volunteer Victim Advocate since 2014

Applications open for Volunteer Victim Advocate

Victim Advocates at the Boulder Police Department volunteer their time and are on call for one shift per month. Their services make a huge difference in the care and support the Boulder Police Department is able to provide to members of our community during and following difficult experiences.

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 from April 9 through April 27, 2024, and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m. as well as all day Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 no later than March 29, 2024.

Applications are available at Boulder Police Department; located at 1805 33rd Street. Or apply here online: Volunteer Victim Advocate Application | City of Boulder (

For more information, please contact Victim Services Coordinator Susan Townley at 303-441-4048 or

Support people through their worst days

“Being able to support people through their worst days gives me a sense of connection and purpose, and the feedback we receive is that our services are absolutely critical for victims during their time of need. I’m proud to work with our team of Victim Advocate volunteers, and we hope more people will join us this spring.”

- Sara Tjosvold, Victim Services Specialist