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Posted on: August 8, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Brighton/Commerce City seeks volunteer victim advocates

The Brighton and Commerce City Police Department Victim Services Unit is currently accepting applications for volunteer victim advocates. Volunteer advocates provide on-scene contact with victims and witnesses of violent crime, sudden death, and other emergency situations. They provide immediate crisis intervention, individual and family support, provide information about the criminal justice system, ensuring Victim Rights are upheld and immediate needs of victims are met.

“This is a great opportunity to become involved in your community, providing an invaluable service,” said Kim Messina, Victim Services Coordinator.

Each volunteer is required to respond in both Brighton and Commerce City, volunteer a minimum of four 12-hour shifts per month, including evenings, weekends and occasional holidays. Attend one monthly in-service meeting. 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
• Complete 40 hours of Victim Services training
• Be compassionate and non-judgmental with victims of crime
• Be able to maintain confidentiality
• Have strong interpersonal skills
• Have self-motivation
• Be able to perform under emotional and adverse conditions
• Be able to respond to a variety of different locations
• Be willing to commit to at least 12 months.

The 40 hours of victim services training will begin in September so those interested in becoming an advocate should apply as soon as possible.

In May, Brighton and Commerce City joined forces to create a joint Victim Services unit. The joint unit between the two programs allows for enhanced quality services, reduction in response time, and increased resources in times of critical incidents. The combined unit is administered through the City of Brighton and supervised by Victim Services Coordinator Kim Messina.

The Brighton Victim Services Unit began in the late 1980s. Last year, the unit served 1,157 victims and witnesses of crime and personal tragedy and responded on scene to 302 call outs.

For information on how to become a victim advocate volunteer, visit www.brightonco.gov/312/Victim-Services or contact Kim Messina at 303-655-2308 or kmessina@brightonco.gov.


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