January 25, 2016
Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500
Sheriff’s Office recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to victims of crime, trauma
Deadline to apply is March 14
Boulder County, Colo. - The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is seeking volunteers to serve as victim advocates to provide assistance to victims of crime, accidents, trauma and other critical events.
Working as a victim advocate offers the opportunity to touch the lives of others by providing a valuable source of support and information to those who have had their lives altered by traumatic events.
Sheriff Joe Pelle said, “Our Victim Advocates provide direct and follow-up support to the victims of crime and tragedy in our communities. This is a much needed, much appreciated service. The opportunity for personal reward and growth for the advocate is rich as well. Please consider joining us. We need people with a caring heart and who are willing to listen to and support victims and their families.”
No prior experience is necessary, trainings will be provided. Training will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturdays from March 29 through April 16. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 14.
If accepted into the training program, advocates attend 40 hours of training in crisis intervention, grief response, victimology, legal procedures, law enforcement and resource information. Ideal volunteers are at least 21 years old, calm, compassionate, emotionally mature and non-judgmental.
“It’s the most gratifying thing I’ve ever done.” Jay, current advocate.
For more details about the program, a volunteer description or an application, please visit www.bouldercounty.org/safety/victim/pages/vicprogram.aspx or contact Cecil O’Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-441-3656.