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CSPD recruiting volunteer Victim Advocates

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The Colorado Springs Police Department is looking for motivated and passionate volunteers to help out victims after crime and tragedy! CSPD is hosting a Training Academy to recruit volunteer Victim Advocates. 

This is a great way to serve your community and play an active role in helping victims during a critical point in their lives. The Victim Advocacy unit works hard to provide services to victims 24/7 but right now they simply don't have enough help. 

This year the Volunteer Victims Advocates have served nearly 4,000 hours and both paid and volunteer advocates have responded to over 250 call outs. With a team of only 8 paid staff members and around 30 volunteers - they need more manpower. Victim Advocate Volunteers can work in the office, at crime scenes, in hospitals or even at the victims home. 

"We try to expose people in that Academy to just about anything that they might come across on a crime scene or while assisting a victim," said Victim Advocacy Unit Volunteer Specialist Sam McAfee-Acre. "Maybe at the hospital, at a victim's residence or even here at the Department."

These can be victims of violent crimes, sexual assault, domestic violence or other crimes but all of them have something in common - needing assistance in a critical moment.

"When you walk away from a crime scene having helped a victim you have that tremendous and immediate sense of this is what I did, this is how I made a difference," said Victim Advocacy Volunteer Patricia Kule. 

The Academy starts next Thursday, September 14th and is free! It's held Monday and Thursday evenings over a 10 week period. Once you complete the Academy, the Victim Advocacy Unit is a one year commitment. 

The Academy will take place at the Police Operation Center. The deadline to apply is Monday September 11th.

There are requirements for applying! You must submit an application online at the CAPS website at www.springscap.org

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