Deadline today: RPD Victim Services Unit needs volunteers

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Reno Police Department’s Victim Services Unit needs volunteers for its upcoming Volunteer Victim Advocate Academy starting in March.

Volunteer Victim Advocates provide crisis intervention and coordinate emergency and other support services by phone to victims who have experienced domestic violence, stalking, protection order violations, and other victimization.

Police say ideal candidates must show reliability, integrity, discretion, compassion and commitment. No prior training or experience is required; volunteers will receive in-depth training in domestic violence, stalking, crisis intervention, case assessment, sexual assault and other valuable skills.

The initial 40-hour training program is comprised of nine class sessions scheduled on select weeknights and Saturdays, and a police ride-along. Attendance at all training dates is required. Applicants must be 18 years or older, able to pass a background investigation and drug test, and commit to a minimum one-year term of service to include approximately 30 hours per month and ongoing in-service training. Applications are due by January 19, 2018.

For an application or information, click here or contact: Volunteer Outreach Coordinator Paula Hlade at (775) 334-3870 or

You can also follow the Reno PD Victim Services Unit on Facebook and Twitter for more information and community outreach efforts.