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UNPAID Victim/Witness Volunteer Advocate

Company: City of Loveland
Location: Loveland
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

GENERAL PURPOSE: Offer emotional support, guidance through the criminal justice system
and crisis intervention to people who are victims of or witnesses to VRA crimes within Loveland city limits.
Timeline/ Order of Events:

  • Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Drug Screen
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Polygraph
  • Start Date
    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the
    primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.
    --- Provide advocacy and immediate crisis intervention for victims of and witnesses to VRA
    --- Respond to the scene of crimes and/or other locations to provide assistance to VRA crime victims/witnesses;
    --- Assess immediate needs to make referrals to the appropriate resource for follow up;
    --- Act as a liaison between victims/witnesses and the criminal justice system including but not limited to police, courts and district attorney's office;
    --- Provide victims/witnesses with information on scheduled legal proceedings;
    --- Inform victims/witnesses of their rights under the Colorado Crime Compensation Act and the Colorado Law;
    --- Complete necessary reports and document services rendered and activities performed;
    --- Represent the Loveland Police Department in a positive and professional manner when
    contacting victims or the general public;
    --- Must be at least 21 years of age;
    --- Must possess a valid CO driver's license
    --- Must live in close proximity to the city limits of Loveland in order to respond to calls in a
    timely manner;
    --- Must possess strong interpersonal skills demonstrated in work history;
    --- Demonstrate a work history in areas requiring self-motivation and problem solving;
    Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities: Reading and writing skills in the English language of sufficient level to accurately complete required reports and forms. Ability to maintain confidentiality when applicable and according to department directives. Knowledge of law enforcement function and the criminal justice system sufficient to perform essential functions. Ability to effectively cope with emotional and stressful situations; Ability to project empathy and be non-judgmental with victims of/witnesses to crime; Ability to respond to call-outs at any time of the day or night. Ability and knowledge to effectively use office equipment including, but not limited to: personal computer, copier, laptop computer, multi-line telephone, cell phone, word processing software, and Internet. Incumbent must successfully complete at a minimum, 40 hours of authorized
    training in victim advocacy.
    Working Environment: Office setting, often under tense and emotional circumstances. Work closely with officers and detectives. On-call approximately 12 hours per week during various work shifts: days, swings, and nights. Sitting and standing for extended periods of time. On scene interaction with victims/witnesses under stress conditions; Frequent attendance at trainings and meetings; Ride-along with patrol officer once every six months.
    Selection Process: Prospective volunteers must successfully complete, at a minimum: a job application, an oral interview, and background investigation prior to
    acceptance into the position. This list of elements is not necessarily all-inclusive and other relevant assessments may be applicable.
    NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Keywords: City of Loveland, Loveland , UNPAID Victim/Witness Volunteer Advocate, Other , Loveland, Colorado

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