Our Application Process:
STEP 1: Telephone Pre-Screen
Talk to our staff about becoming an advocate
STEP 2: Meet with the Coordinator
Share with us your interest and how you feel you can add value to support our program's mission.
Complete the Application Form
STEP 3: Participate in an Interview Panel
The Coordinator, Board Representative and RCMP Liaison would like to get to know you better!
Given the nature of the work we do, we need to ensure that advocates have the skillset and mental acuity to manage stressful situations and understand the need for privacy and that supporting victims of crime with respect, tact and professionalism is our utmost priority.
If, after the panel interview, you are selected to proceed with your application, you will be invited to participate in an ENHANCED SECURITY CLEARANCE.
STEP 4: Complete the ENHANCED SECURITY PACKAGE and attend the RCMP detachment when scheduled for fingerprinting.
NOTE: An Enhanced Security Clearance is a detailed process and includes interviews with you, your family and community to determine your character and any potential risks that may negatively impact your role and relationship with the RCMP whom we support. Typically, this process takes 12 weeks to one year to complete.
This does NOT prevent you from beginning your volunteer role with SRVSS however, it does require a staggered entry into your role as a volunteer.
You must be at least 18 years of age.
You must be an excellent communicator and able to converse effectively in English.
You must be able to commit to a minimum of 60 hours per month
You must be able to pass a police security clearance and an application process.
PHASE ONE: Awaiting Clearance
Volunteer work may include administration tasks and to assist with community awareness events.
You will also be provided access to an E-Learning program to introduce you to the role of an Advocate and the work of the RCMP and appropriate laws and protocols that will support you in being a successful advocate. (80 hours). This is a pre-requisite for moving to Phase Two.
PHASE TWO: Clearance is received and approved and you have completed your E-Learning.
You may begin responding to crisis calls as a 2nd responder. This means you will be paired with a senior volunteer for purposes of training, mentoring and support.
PHASE THREE: You have successfully participated in crisis response calls as a support (2nd responder) and are approved to be placed on the schedule as a First responder.