Wanted: Volunteers for the RCMP Victim Services Unit

The Prince George RCMP is looking for volunteers for the Victim Services Unit.

The Victim Services Unit is a city-funded organization that accompanies RCMP officers to crime scenes and sometimes devastating tragedies. They offer support to survivors and loved ones of serious crimes such as murders, assaults, sexual assaults and other incidents such as sudden deaths, suicides and motor vehicle accidents.

The Victim Services Unit is staffed by volunteers who respond to need 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.

“We are looking for people who are willing and able to work on their own and who are able to think quickly,” said the Prince George RCMP spokesperson Corporal. Jennifer Cooper.

“Most of the time you find yourself in a situation where maybe all the factors are unknown, because you may encounter victims immediately at the scene of a death.”

Some requirements for volunteers are:

  • Commit to working one office shift each week and a minimum of two 12-hour shifts per month, followed by attending monthly staff meetings and training.
  • Be at least 19 years old, mature and exercise good judgment
  • Be able to obtain an enhanced security clearance from the RCMP before volunteering.
  • Have a valid Class 5 driver’s license and provide a driver’s abstract upon acceptance and annually thereafter.

Cooper added that they normally have a dedicated set of volunteers, but the pandemic has made it a struggle.

“We’re looking to start increasing again as we’re finding our stride with restrictions,” Cooper said.

“Unfortunately, these types of cases have not stopped coming in, so we need people who want to support our victims and our families through some of the most difficult days of their lives.”

Anyone interested in joining the RCMP Victim Services team can complete an application package, which is available at the Community Policing office at 455 Victoria Street. Anyone with questions about the program can call 250-561-3329.

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