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The Victim Advocate Program (VAP)  provides comfort and compassion to a person who may have just experienced the worst event in their life.


Our dedicated volunteer advocates are thoroughly trained here at the MCSO to respond to scenes of crime and other traumatic incidents.  Advocates make referrals to appropriate community agencies, depending on the needs of the victim.  They sometimes arrange for temporary lodging or food, transportation to a safe place, or repair doors or locks that are damaged in the commission of a crime. Mostly they just listen.

Victim Advocate speaking with a family


Victim Services

If you or someone you know is a victim of a crime. Learn more about the resources and rights available to you. 

Interested in Volunteering?

We train you! Once training is complete, a new VAP will shadow a veteran volunteer until they are comfortable responding on their own.

Now accepting applications for the 2023 VAP Academy!

Tuesday and Thursday evenings from February 28 - April 6, 2023.

Victim Advocate speaking with a family

VAPs are then 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 is accommodated. We also ask that you attend our monthly information and training meeting.





Have an insured vehicle available during your shifts.

Have a current and valid driver’s license.

Able to commit a few hours per month for at least a one year period.

Have a desire to help victims in need.

Successful completion of our training program. 

Advocates choose shifts according to their own schedule.

Day or night shifts are available, seven days per week.

The shifts are 12 hours and the requirement is 3 per month.  

During a shift, an advocate can go about their normal routine as long as they can respond immediately when called.

Trauma response and early intervention

Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Assisting the bereaved

Children as Victims

Assisting victims of sexual assault

Working within "The System"

Community resources available in Mesa County


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Victim Advocate Program, simply fill out an application or contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Victim Advocate Coordinator.

Victim Advocate Coordinator

Tracy Baker
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
Office Phone: (970)244-3275
Email: Tracy.Baker@mesacounty.us