**The next VAP Academy is scheduled to begin September 2, 2014, every Tuesday and Thursday evening.**
Together with the Grand Junction Police Department, we offer VAP training 1-2 times a year. Classes are held for approximately 4-6 weeks and meet two evenings a week, for a total of 35 hours of instruction and training. Courses include, but are not limited to:
- Dynamics of Domestic Violence
- Assisting the bereaved
- Children as Victims
- Assisting victims of sexual assault
- Working within "The System"
- Contributing Community Resources: Latimer House, S.A.N.E. Program, Western Slope Center for Children, Compassionate Friends, District Attorney’s Office, Coroner’s Office, local mortuaries and counselors.
Once training is complete, VAP’s are asked to sign-up for at least three 12 hour shifts per month. Shifts can be selected according to your schedule and time off for vacation, etc. is accommodated. We ask that you attend our monthly information and training meeting.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Victim Assistance Program, simply fill out an application or contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Victim Advocate Coordinator.
Tracy Baker, Victim Advocate Coordinator
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
Office Phone: (970)244-3275