The Brighton and Commerce City police departments are seeking compassionate, caring and dedicated men and women to become victim advocate volunteers. The joint victim services unit supports those who have been a victim of a violent crime or traumatic situations in both communities.
“In 2015, our unit served more than 3,800 victims and responded to 969 crime scenes - a 26 percent increase from the previous year,” said Victim Service Coordinator Kim Messina. “Our goal as victim advocates is to make sure each victim is treated with respect and dignity so they can begin to restore their hope for healing and recovery.”
Volunteer advocates provide on-scene crisis intervention with victims and witnesses of crime, sudden death and other emergency situations. Volunteer victim advocates also provide support, information and referrals. Advocates provide assistance with the criminal justice system and victims’ rights information in both communities.
Each volunteer is required to volunteer a minimum of four, 12-hour shifts per month, including evenings, weekends and occasional holidays. Volunteers are required to respond within 30 minutes of dispatch contact.
In order to participate, volunteers must:• Be at least 21 years of age• Be able to undergo and pass a background investigation• Be a holder of a valid Colorado driver’s license with a good record• Have valid auto insurance• Be compassionate and non-judgmental• Be able to maintain confidentiality• Have strong interpersonal skills• Be able to perform under emotional and adverse conditions• Bilingual strongly needed• Be willing to commit to at least 12 months
Volunteer applications are available online at www.brightonco.gov/victimvolunteerand due by Sept. 21, 2016. Training for qualified volunteers begins in October.
For information, visit www.brightonco.gov/victimvolunteer or contact Victim Service Coordinator Kim Messina at 303-655-2308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.