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Victim Assistance Volunteer Program 
  • The Victim Assistance Program was established in 1992, here at the Sheriff’s Office when the Victims Rights constitutional amendment was passed. This group of caring volunteers, known as VAP’s, is dedicated to providing a valuable resource to those affected or victimized by crime here in Mesa County. While family and friends are often a reliable support group in times of need for victims, they often have no access to resources necessary to find closure. The VAP volunteer is trained to respond at any time, day or night, to assist and connect victims to these valuable resources.

    The Program encompasses about 30 volunteers who donate over 17k hours of service each year as a group. Crime victims often feel forgotten in the criminal justice system and it is known that early support enables healthy healing. VAPs provide a sense of security, support, and comfort to benefit each victim. By helping in these ways they are able to assist deputies and district attorneys in complete and accurate cases and testimonies.

  •  Eligibility Requirements To Be A VAP

    • Have an insured vehicle
    • Have a valid driver’s license
    • Can commit a few hours per month for a one year period
    • Have a desire to help victim’s in need

     Victim Advocate Services Include

    • Jail status notification enrollment
    • Referrals to community resources such as: Legal Services, Counseling and Housing
    • Logistic support such as contracting for home repairs and crime scene clean-up
    • Advocacy to employers
    • Help with immediate financial needs such as food, clothing and prescriptions

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