Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Training Class Starts January 2013

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The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for new volunteers for its “Victim Assistance Team.” The volunteers will attend a 40 hour course beginning in January 2012. Classes are held once or twice a week in four to eight-hour blocks (depending on students availability), and will cover a wide range of topics.

Topics covered are: Class Orientation; Basic issues such as ethics and cultural competency that provide the foundation for victim services; Core skills needed by victim service providers; such as establishing rapport; problem solving and crisis intervention; Challenging situations faced by victim service providers and more.

After completion of this volunteer training, you will have the opportunity to join the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Victim Assistance Team. Victim Assistant Team volunteers are used for domestic violence intervention. Applicants must submit to a criminal background check and make a year-long commitment. The program needs volunteers that have excellent communication skills and are able to handle stressful situations. Volunteers commit to being on-call a minimum of two 10 hour shifts per month and attend monthly a training meeting.

The classes will be held at the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, 211 South Oliver. If you would like to be a part of this class, contact the Community Relations Office, at the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, 334-6107 or email sjcsovolunteer@gmail.com.

Applications may be submitted online at www.sjcso.com/volunteer or picked up at the office or sent to you via e-mail.

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