Volunteers sought for victim services

Nanaimo RCMP is drumming up interest from people willing to help victims of crime and other tragedies.

Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services is looking for dependable, trustworthy people to help victims of crime and other tragedies.

To drum up interest, the organization is hosting an information session on Thursday (July 26) at 7 p.m. at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment.

Victim Services offers emotional support and community referrals and acts as a liaison between the RCMP and victims by providing updates about police investigations and court cases.

Volunteers help fill out forms, provide information about the criminal justice system and support people who need court orientation or court accompaniment.

Volunteers must be 19 or older, mature, trustworthy, dependable and pass and maintain enhanced reliability and security clearance screening by the RCMP.

Successful applicants will start training in the fall. The training curriculum includes information about the criminal justice system, local community resources and proper communication skills.

Trained volunteers commit to volunteering at least once a week for four hours for one year.

People who cannot make the information session, but want more information are asked to call Erin Pollock, assistant program manager, at 250-755-3146.