WANTED: Victim Advocates
Release Date: Mar 30, 2012
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
John Schulz, Public Information Officer
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office and Fort Collins Police Services are looking for volunteers to serve as victim advocates.
In Colorado, victims of particular crimes are guaranteed certain rights and the Larimer County Sheriff's Office and Fort Collins Police Services are dedicated to protecting these rights. Victim advocates provided a valuable service for the community by assisting victims and protecting their rights.
Victim advocates also provide assistance to victims of circumstance. For example, victim advocates often accompany officers while delivering death notifications or spend hours with families who are anxiously waiting for word about the safety of a missing family member. In addition to needed emotional support, advocates offer information about the criminal justice system and the resources available to the victim. Advocates often act as a liaison between the victim and the officers investigating an incident.
Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, complete 40-50 hours of training and successfully complete the application process which includes a background investigation. Each volunteer advocate is asked to cover at least six 12-hour on-call shifts and attend a meeting each month.
Being a victim advocate can be personally rewarding as well as providing a much needed and important service to the community.
For information on becoming a victim advocate for the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, contact Susan Johnston at 970-498-5149. For Fort Collins Police Services, contact Lissa Funk at 970-224-6089.