Victim/Witness Services hosting volunteer information session

The Lethbridge Regional Police Victim/Witness Services Unit is hosting an information session for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer Crisis Support Worker.

VSU volunteers provide emotional and practical support for victims and witnesses of crimes or tragedy.

The information session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, 5 Avenue and 11 Street South.

BACKGROUND:
The Lethbridge Regional Police Victim/Witness Services Unit is a 24/7 police-based victim assistance program that was developed and launched in 1991 to provide information, support and referrals to victims and witnesses of crime or tragedy in Lethbridge and Coaldale.

Volunteer Crisis Support Workers are “first responders” who provide practical support during the first few critical hours after a crime or tragedy. VSU serves as a central information point for those who have been victimized, providing updates on the status of an investigation or court case as well as information about victim impact statements, requests for restitution, provincial financial benefits and referrals to counseling services, shelters, child protection and crisis lines.

Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age, complete an application form, undergo a criminal record check and reference checks, hold a valid driver’s license, be willing to commit to the program uninterrupted for two years and participate in job shadowing. Applicants will then undergo an interview before being accepted in the training program.

Successful candidates are provided with more than 100 hours of comprehensive training covering a variety of areas including general police procedures, suicide awareness, domestic violence, sexual assault, bereavement, organized crime and the criminal justice system.