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Becoming a victim of a crime is most people’s worst nightmare. But, oftentimes a thoughtful hug or a shoulder to cry on can make all the difference. That’s why Castle Rock Police’s Victims Assistance program is so important. Now, the program is looking for volunteers.
Great listeners, community servers and compassionate neighbors are needed to lend emotional support and crisis intervention for victims of crimes and other tragic events. The certified volunteers provide victims with information on the criminal justice system and other helpful resources.
At least one victim advocate is on call for weekends and during weekday evening hours. Potential volunteers must go through an application process and more than 40 hours of training before they are certified. Training classes for new volunteers will begin in September.
Volunteers must be at least 21 years old; be able to work on call at least four 12-hour shifts per month; have an open and nonjudgement attitude; be able to cope with emotional and stressful situations; and be able to communicate and, more importantly, listen effectively.
“The victims advocates perform a vital community service here in Castle Rock,” said Victims Assistance Coordinator Carole Malezija. “They help people during their darkest times. These volunteers contribute a significant amount of their personal time and are critical members of the Town’s emergency response team.”
Applications must be submitted before 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22.
More information and online applications are available at CRgov.com/VA. Questions? Contact Carole Malezija at 303-663-6110 or cmalezija@CRgov.com.
All applications must be submitted by either mail, fax or in person to the Castle Rock Police Department, 100 Perry St.
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