Purpose and Benefits of the Victim Advocacy Unit (VAU) Volunteer Program
This program assists victims of crime by providing 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, developing professional skills by interacting with police officers, detectives, and other emergency personnel.
This position requires reliability, integrity, discretion, and commitment. Because we are looking for a select and elite group of volunteers, the following criteria must be met:
VAU Volunteering Training Academy
Our goal is to expand our Victim Advocacy Volunteer Program by recruiting compassionate, professional, and committed individuals to provide quality and effective advocacy services to victims of crime.
The CSPD Victim Advocacy Unit provides a 10-week Victim Advocacy Volunteer Training Academy. This academy is comprised of four-hour classes given once a week for 10 consecutive weeks. 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. Participants will gain a general understanding on the various units and functions of the Colorado Springs Police Department. In conjunction with the academy, on-the-job training is also provided to those volunteers recruited to the unit.
The next CSPD VAU Volunteer Academy is scheduled to begin on February 13, 2014. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6pm-10pm for 10 weeks. Participants will be allowed only two (2) approved absences.
To enroll in the academy, complete a volunteer application on www.springscaps.org or contact the CAPS Volunteer Coordinator at (719) 444-7441.
All applicants will need to successfully complete a background check/criminal history and polygraph in order to be enrolled.
For more information on the Victim Advocacy Unit or the VAU Volunteer Training Academy, please contact Mari Dennis, VAU Coordinator, at 719-444-7529 or DENNISMA@ci.colospgs.co.us.
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