Red Deer RCMP Victim Services Unit in need of more volunteers

By Red Deer RCMP
February 6, 2018 - 11:35am

Red Deer RCMP Victim Services Unit is offering you another chance to give back to your community in a very meaningful way.

The organization is putting another call out for volunteers to join them in their support of victims of crime or tragic events in our community.

A volunteer information event will be held this Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the downtown RCMP detachment and give you the chance to see if volunteering with them is the right fit for you.

In a release, Constable Holly Erb, Victim Services Coordinator with Red Deer RCMP says it takes a special person to work with victims of crime or of tragic events.

“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.”

Officials say the hour-long event includes a presentation about the role of victim services advocates and a Q & A session followed by the chance to talk with staff and volunteers to find out if the opportunity is a fit for your skills.

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.

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

To volunteer with Victim Services, you must be at least 18 years of age or older, a Canadian resident or Landed Immigrant who has lived in Canada a minimum of five years, complete RCMP enhanced security clearance and complete the Alberta Solicitor General online training course after acceptance into the program.

For more information, visit www.reddeer.ca/rcmp and click on “Volunteer Opportunities”.

 

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