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Volunteer Opportunities

If you're a caring and compassionate person looking for a challenging and rewarding volunteer experience, the Saint John Police Force Victim Services Unit has opportunities for you to become involved. Victim Service members are trained members who provide support to victims of crime or sudden tragedies.  As a volunteer, you will learn new skills, receive continuing education, and make a real difference in our community.

Time commitment

  • At least one year of active volunteering.
  • Attend and successfully complete a comprehensive training program.
  • Attend continuing education meetings.
  • Several twelve-hour on call shifts each month from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. or vice versa (evenings and weekends).

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 19 years of age.
  • Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to provide non-judgmental, sensitive, and emotionally safe service related to the victim’s needs.
  • Some volunteers have compatible education, others have related experience or life experience.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing and fast-paced environment.
  • Must not have been a client or victim of a traumatic event during the past 12 months or have issues with the court.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Willing and able to work in environments that are not allergen free.
  • Have access to a reliable vehicle/transportation and a valid driver's license.
  • Pass the Saint John Police security clearances. 

Application process

  • Complete the volunteer application form.
  • Attend a paneled interview.
  • Reference checks (three references, at least one from employment or other volunteer services performed in a helping role). 
  • Vulnerable sector screening.

For more information, please email victimservices@saintjohn.ca