Bounder County Sheriff’s Office seeks volunteers for victims’ attorneys

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office needs volunteers to advocate for victims.

A victims’ advocate should be able to nurture and be a support system for people who have suffered trauma, been the victim of a crime, been the victim of a serious accident or other cases related to trauma, according to a press release from the Boulder County Sheriff.

“Ideal volunteers are at least 21 years old, calm, compassionate, emotionally mature and non-judgmental,” the statement read.

Victim advocates are asked to work either weekdays, Monday 6 p.m. to Thursday 6 a.m., or weekend shifts, Friday 6 p.m. to Monday 6 a.m.

Volunteers must “attend 40 hours of training on crisis intervention, grief response, legal procedures, law enforcement and resource information,” according to the statement.

The training takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from September 27 to October 15. Practice sessions on Tuesday and Thursday will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday practice sessions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last training session, October 15, could end earlier.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on August 26. For more information about victim advocacy or to fill out an application, visit https://bit.ly/3aUflR6 or call Kris at 303-441-4737.

“Our victims’ advocates provide direct support and follow-up to victims of crime and tragedy in our communities. It is an essential and much appreciated service. The opportunity for personal reward and growth for the attorney is also rich,” Sheriff Joe Pelle said in the press release.

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