Mason Co. Sheriff’s Office Seeking Volunteer Victim Advocates
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office are seeking four to six victim advocates to join their Victim Services Unit.
The volunteer advocates responds to assistance requests from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office as well as other local law enforcement.
The program, sponsored by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and the Michigan Department of Community Health Crime Victim Services Commission, provides support and assistance to families who have been affected by a serious accident, suicide or crime.
Two victim advocates are accompanied by a uniformed deputy and dispatched to the scene or home of the next of kin and they stay until after the death or serious injury notification has been made.
“As an officer who responds to crime scenes and has to deliver notices of death or serious injury to families, I hate to leave them during their time of need but I often have to return to process the scene or move onto the next call for help,” said Sergeant Kyle Boyd. “Our Victim Services Unit provides volunteers who can stay with family members until friends, other family members or clergy can arrive to help. I, and my fellow deputies, feel much better leaving knowing they are in good hands.”
The Sheriff’s Office says volunteers must be willing to answer calls at any time of day or night, attend a mandatory 20-hour training and meet yearly continuing education requirements.
Volunteers must fill out an application in-person and pass a background check.
For more information on becoming a volunteer victim advocate, email MCSO.VSU@gmail.com or call the Mason County Sheriff’s Office at 231-843-3475.