To become a volunteer victim advocate you must meet the following criteria:
- Be able to provide your own transportation and show proof of appropriate vehicle insurance
- Be able to work on-call at night
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Have a valid Colorado driver's license
- Live within 30 minutes of the Glendale city limits
- Pass a background check
- Pass a polygraph, including no illegal drug use for three years
- Pass an oral interview
The volunteer victim advocate must make a one year commitment to the program and complete the 40-hour training session for certification. The training is provided by the Department at no cost to the volunteer and is conducted at various area police or sheriffs' departments, depending upon time of year.
Trained volunteer advocates will accompany police officers to the station, hospitals or crime scenes to support victims and ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. They will provide referrals and advocate for the victims. They will assist male and female victims, and often be responsible for the care of a child until social services can take over. They may also accompany officers to make death notifications. Once trained, on-call times are generally from 5 pm to 7am (on call overnight) mostly weekends, holidays and some weekday nights.
The volunteer advocate is required to take three to four "on-call" 12-hour shifts each month, to be able to respond in a timely manner from wherever they are, and have no alcohol during their shifts.
Whom do I call?
If you would like more information on how to become a volunteer victim advocate for the City of Glendale, please contact 303.759.1511 and ask for Victims Assistance or call 303-639-4326.