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Victim Advocacy Unit is seeking Volunteers for Academy

TheMission of the Victim Advocacy Unit (VAU) is to minimize the impact of violent crimes to victims and assist in restoring their quality of life. This program provides immediate crisis intervention (which includes 24-hours a day, 7-days week on-call victim assistance), follow-up support and information on victim rights and community resources. The program enables volunteers to gain insight into our criminal justice system and gain knowledge of the many community resources available to crime victims. Volunteers are rewarded by helping those in need, while developing professional skills by interacting with officers, detectives and other emergency personnel.


The goalis to expand the Victim Advocacy Volunteer Program by recruiting compassionate, professional and committed individuals to provide quality and effective advocacy services to victims of crime.


The Victim Advocacy Unit is providing a 10-week Victim Advocacy Volunteer Training Academybeginning Thursday, February 13, 2014 through April 17, 2014. This academy is comprised of four-hour classes given on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-10:00pm. It is designed to train volunteer candidates on the duties and services provided by victim advocates and to provide awareness of the essential role the unit plays within law enforcement.


Volunteer Requirements include that individuals maintain a high level of integrity, reliability, discretion and commitment. Additionally, you must:

Submit an application to the CAPS Volunteer Coordinator or on-line at

Complete a criminal history/background check and polygraph

Successfully complete the 10-week VAU Volunteer Academy

Volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per week and/or participate in the on-call rotation

Commit to at least one year of volunteering with the unit

Be at least 18 years of age

Ability to cope with emotional and stressful situations


For more information on the CSPD Victim Advocacy Unit and the Victim Advocacy Volunteer Academy, please contact: Mari Dennis at 719.444.7529 or