Applications open for the CSPD Victim Advocacy Volunteer Program
COLORADO SPRINGS – The Victim Advocacy Unit (VAU) of the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) is seeking volunteers to assist staff in providing critical resources and support to victims of crime in Colorado Springs.
About the Victims Advocacy Unit
Being the victim of a crime can be a very traumatic experience. CSPD VAU is available to provide services and support to those who have been victims of crimes covered by the Colorado Victims Rights Act. Some of the services provided include:
- Immediate crisis response and security planning (24/7 on-call victim assistance)
- Information about the Colorado Victims Rights Act (VRA)
- Assistance in completing Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund applications
- Referrals to community organizations and resources
- Support during the investigative process and education on the criminal justice system
- Arranging interpretation services for victims with limited English proficiency
- Information and assistance in obtaining protection orders
Volunteer applications are currently open
After applying, those selected to become VAU volunteers will receive 50 hours of specialized training at the VAU Volunteer Victim Advocate Training Academy beginning September 3, 2022. The academy includes one-day classes on Saturdays and half-day courses. on Sundays, with additional online training.
Participants will be trained in victim advocacy skills, including crisis intervention, community resources, and victim advocacy unit operations. Students will also gain a general understanding of the various units and functions of the Colorado Springs Police Department. In conjunction with the academy, on-the-job training is provided to volunteers recruited into the unit. Applications close August 15, 2022.
To enroll in the VAU Volunteer Victim Advocate Training Academy and train to become a CSPD Volunteer Victim Advocate, you must complete an online application at springscaps.org. All applicants must complete a criminal background check and polygraph prior to enrollment in the training academy.