Victim Services VolunteersIf you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please review the training and skills. To apply for a position on the Victim Services Unit Team, fill out the online form. You can also email the unit with questions, comments, or concerns if needed.

VSU Training

  • Able to be on call 5 to 8 twelve-hour shifts per month
  • Applicants must pass a background check
  • Have your own transportation
  • Live in Van Buren County
  • Successfully complete a 20 hour training program to be certified by the Michigan Sheriff's Association

Desirable Skills

  • Ability to be assertive when necessary; passive when necessary and the common sense to know when each is required
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to get along well with people
  • Ability to relate well to child victims
  • Ability to think clearly under pressure and respond accordingly in a sound, professional manner
  • Exude genuine concern and empathy for victims, witnesses and their families
  • Open, non-judgmental attitude, regardless of circumstances and victim's race, religion, age or national origin
  • Self directed and motivated
  • Willingness to learn