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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-444-7000 (General)
Contact: Office of the Chief
Email: chiefoff@ci.colosp. . .
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Colorado Springs Police Department Victim Advocacy Program



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:

  • Submit an application on-line at or to the CAPS Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Complete a criminal history/background check and polygraph
  • Successfully complete the CSPD Victim Advocacy Unit Volunteer Training Academy
  • Volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per week in the office and/or participate in the weekend or weekday on-call rotations
  • Commit to volunteer for a minimum of one year 
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Ability to cope with emotional and stressful situations


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 12-week Victim Advocacy Volunteer  Training Academy. This academy is comprised of four-hour classes given once a week for 12 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 VAU Academy is scheduled for February 12, 2015. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-10:00pm; only two (2) absences will be allowed to successfully complete the academy.

To enroll in the academy, complete a volunteer application on 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





Links to Other Sites

Asian Pacific Develpment Center

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance

District Attorney's Office


4th Judicial District

El Paso Sheriff's Office

Safe Passage

State Patrol


The National Center for Victims of Crime

Office for Victims of Crime

National Victims' Rights Constitutional Amendment Network