The Brighton and Commerce City police departments are seeking highly motivated individuals to become volunteer victim advocates. To give interested citizens a first-hand look into what being a victim advocate entails, the victim services office will host an open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Brighton Police Department, 3401 E Bromley Lane.
At the open house interested citizens will have the opportunity to talk with staff one-on-one, ask questions, complete volunteer applications, and meet with current volunteer advocates.
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 victim advocate applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. There will be a victim advocate training in October.
In August 2014, the Commerce City and Brighton victim service units merged to better serve victims in both communities and help increase the amount of full-time advocates.
For information please contact Victim Service Coordinator Kim Messina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-655-2308.