Volunteers needed to work with police to help victims of crime

Two information sessions held by Red Deer RCMP Victim Services

Caring volunteers are needed to help victims of crime and their families.

The Red Deer RCMP Victim Services Unit is holding two volunteer information sessions: on Wednesday, June 28, at 9:30 a.m., and Thursday, June 29 ,at 7 p.m. Both are in the Community Room, off the lobby of the downtown Red Deer RCMP detachment at 4602 – 51 Ave.

Anyone interested in giving back to the community in meaningful ways can find out more about volunteering with the Red Deer RCMP Victim Services Unit.

“It takes a special person to work with victims of crime or of tragic events,” says Constable Holly Erb, Victim Services Coordinator. “It’s a great fit for those who have a knack for caring and want to make a difference in the lives of their fellow Red Deerians.”

Their work may include assisting with next-of-kin notifications, providing information on government forms such as victim impact statements, restitution, and financial benefits, and offering guidance, support and community referrals for victims as they navigate the criminal justice system.

Each hour-long volunteer information session includes a presentation about the role of victim services advocates, followed by an opportunity to talk with staff and volunteers.

Victim Services advocates are screened for suitability, go through enhanced RCMP security clearance, and receive specialized training to help people after a crime or traumatic event.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older, Canadian residents or Landed Immigrants who have lived in Canada a minimum of five years. They must complete RCMP enhanced security clearance and the Alberta Solicitor General online training course after acceptance into the program

“If you volunteer with Victim Services, you’ll be trained to offer professional, compassionate and confidential services to victims of crime and trauma,” says Erb. “Advocates work closely with RCMP and provide an essential service to the community.”

For more information, visit www.reddeer.ca/rcmp and click on Volunteer Opportunities, or call the Victim Services Coordinator at 403-406-2345.

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