The Beaverton Police Department wants to expand its volunteer victim advocates program.

The city’s law enforcement team is looking for additional volunteers to join the 18 victim advocates who began assisting crime victims on April 30. The purpose of this program is to develop a team of victim advocate volunteers who can be called on around the clock to respond to Beaverton incidents. These advocates have been trained to respond on-scene to incidents of domestic violence and other victim crimes, excluding sexual assault.

Their essential functions include:

  • Being available to take up to three shifts per month to provide team coverage every day to be called out to the scene of an incident and provide supportive advocacy, information and resource referrals for crime victims.

  • Answering questions and providing explanations of the criminal justice system and arrest procedures.

  • Engaging in safety planning and problem-solving assistance with victims.

  • Offering emotional support and crisis intervention.

  • Offering information about trauma, domestic violence, stalking, self-care and on obtaining protective orders.

  • Working closely with Beaverton Police Department personnel.
  • If selected, volunteers will receive 40 hours of training in victim advocacy, trauma, crisis response, domestic violence, working with law enforcement during an investigation, the criminal justice system, victim advocate program policies and procedures, and other topics. Advocates must successfully complete all training dates, a police ride along, and a drug screening before final acceptance to the team. The 2014 Training Academy is scheduled for all Monday evenings and Saturday days between Feb. 24 and March 24 and Tuesday evening March 18.

    Completed applications can be dropped off to the city’s Human Resources Department, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive. They are due by Nov. 6.

    Contact Katrina Rodriguez at 503-526-2205 with any questions or for an application.

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