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The Victim Services unit of the GJPD, established in 1992, addresses the personal needs of victims of crime and other traumatic incidents. Its purpose is to ensure that no victim remains alone or uninformed. The Colorado Victim Rights Amendment guarantees crime victims the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, and the right to be present and heard at all critical stages in the criminal justice system. The GJPD Victim Services is available to any victim needing support, information or resources during the ongoing investigations of their cases or judicial system procedures. In addition, the Victim Services coordinator and trained volunteers serve as victim advocates at the time of a critical incident. They are the extended compassionate arms of the GJPD. Victim advocates are available every hour, 365 days per year, to provide crisis intervention when officers request their presence at a scene. They are equipped to deal with difficulties like trauma, domestic violence, sexual assault, robberies, or unattended deaths. While on scene GJPD advocates offer comfort, assistance to the officers, and referrals to community resources. Victim advocacy is available 24/7.If you are interested in volunteering as a victim advocate, 40-hour trainings are provided every spring and fall. Qualities needed are a compassion for others, good interpersonal skills, a desire to serve our community in a very personal way, and the availability to serve on 12-hour, on-call shifts.
Victim Advocate Recruiting Flyer
Victims Rights Flyer
For further information about becoming a victim advocate, contact Mary Harmeling, Victim Services Coordinator, at 970-549-5290.
Police Service Volunteers
Service volunteers who work alongside the employees of the Grand Junction Police Department donate over 6,000 hours per year. The volunteers represent a broad range of ages, from teenagers to senior citizens. GJPD Service Volunteers are active in all divisions of the department and perform a variety of tasks including: clerical work, computer entry, statistical analysis, providing tours, extra patrol (Volunteer Patrol), investigation assistance, community presentations, neighborhood speed control, graffiti and vacation checks. Volunteers have the opportunity to help enhance services, enabling police officers to respond more effectively to enforcement and policing priorities. In addition, the Grand Junction Police Department provides opportunities for college and high school students interested in working in unpaid intern and volunteer positions.