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Victim Services

Working with the Abbotsford Police Victim Services Unit is challenging, demanding, and rewarding for the individual. Due to the nature of the work, individuals must be of high caliber. All potential volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Application, a Security Clearance Form and an Integrity and Lifestyle questionnaire. Thereafter, an interview will be conducted.

Successful applicants will receive training materials before training begins. There will be a three month probationary period for new volunteers followed by an evaluation.

It is imperative that applicants be honest, responsible, reliable and mature individuals who are sensitive to the needs and feelings of victims of crime.

Worker Commitment

Volunteers are expected to adhere to the following:

  • One year commitment following training
  • Sign agreements on ethics, confidentiality and contract
  • Attend all sessions of Basic Training
  • Work a four hour office shift each week and assist with Crisis Response shifts
  • Optional: attend workshops and/or conferences as they are available

Requirements

The qualified applicant will:

  • Be primarily interested in aiding those individuals victimized by crime and trauma.
  • Have integrity and be able to work effectively within a police environment.
  • Be committed to working one 4 hour shift in the office each week and two 12 hour on call shifts each month. In addition, be committed to attend all required training sessions and staff meetings.
  • Be mature and demonstrate good judgment.
  • Be honest, responsible and reliable.
  • Have a valid B.C. Driver’s Licence and have obtained and maintained provincial vehicle insurance.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain an enhanced security clearance by the Abbotsford Police Department.
  • Be of good moral character and conduct and be willing to sign a code of ethics.
  • Be able to deal with individuals in a non-judgmental, non-prejudicial manner.
  • Be people oriented and personable.
  • Be computer literate.
  • Be able to write and communicate well. Use appropriate language at all times.
  • Be able to take directions and yet think independently.
  • Take an oath of confidentiality and understand that any breach of confidentiality is cause for immediate termination.
  • Present a professional demeanor and adhere to the ascribed dress code.
  • Be flexible.
  • Be able to work harmoniously with others.
  • Be nineteen years of age or older.
  • Have a good sense of humour.
  • Demonstrate strong self awareness and good stress management.

How to Apply

For information on how to become a Victim Services Volunteer, please contact Monique Olinoski at molinoski@abbypd.ca.