The Cedar Park Police Department Victim Services Division is seeking volunteer Advocates. This position requires that you be empathetic, sincere, hardworking, and dedicated to serving your community alongside sworn members of the Department. Victim Services volunteer Advocates are citizens who have been trained to provide support to survivors of domestic/family violence, sexual assault, assault, and homicide. Volunteer advocates provide crisis intervention to meet the needs of individuals affected by crime.
As a Victim Service Advocate, you will develop rapport with survivors in order to provide emotional support and guidance. You may respond on the scene, to a hospital, or be called to the Police Department to act as an advocate. You may also accompany survivors to court and chaperon child survivors to forensic interviews.
Volunteer advocates are required to commit to 12 hours a week and approximately one weekend a month of on-call coverage. Advocates also play an important role in our community and will be able to participate in public education and outreach and other volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Advocates must attend and successfully complete the Regional Victim Services Training Academy.
In order to apply, you must be 21 years old or older, be available to respond to a call within 45 minutes, and have your own transportation and phone. We consider bilingual skills a big plus!