Whether our volunteers are assisting citizens at headquarters or if they are making contact with victims of crime, they all play an active role in providing a high level of service on behalf of the WPS.
The Winnipeg Police Service is not only committed to working with and serving the community of Winnipeg, they value and appreciate the contributions made by their volunteers.
Working within a team environment each volunteer brings with them different life skills and abilities they draw upon and utilize while assisting members of the public.
The Winnipeg Police Service has two separate and distinct volunteer programs. Each program provides a volunteer with the opportunity to interact with the public and contribute to the community.
Victim services volunteer
Victim Service Volunteers work closely with one another and with assigned Police Officers in assisting victims of crime. This is achieved primarily by telephone contact with victims offering them support and resource information on social and judicial material.
The duties of a victim services volunteer include:
- Answering telephones and providing short-term emotional support to victims of crime and tragedy.
- Provide referrals to appropriate community resources.
- Provide crime prevention information.
- Provide information to victims regarding their occurrences by accessing police data base.
- Obtain and provide court information to victims of crime.
- Provide Criminal Justice information regarding Victim Bill of Rights, Victim Impact Statements and Compensation for Victims of Crime.
- Conduct personal home visits when required.
- Volunteer at various Police related events.
Become a victim services volunteer
Are you interested in joining our victim services volunteer team?
Are you someone who is respectful, non-judgmental and inclusive in your actions and thinking?
We’d love to hear from you. Applications are currently being accepted.
To be eligible, you must:
- be at 18 years of age or older;
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; and
- pass an enhanced security clearance after the screening interview.
Here’s what we are looking for:
- The ability to commit four hours once per week for at least one year.
- Excellent interpersonal & communication skills – over the phone and in person.
- A commitment to teamwork in an open-concept office setting.
- Experience in handling crises or a background in counselling, social work or the criminal justice system.
- Knowledge of (or the ability to learn about) various local support agencies.
- Proficiency in computers and the ability to learn new computer programs.
- A genuine willingness to learn and be a positive voice on behalf of the WPS.
Spaces are limited, but we keep applications on file for up to one year. There is a lengthy application process, therefore, if you surpass a year, please re-apply.
Victim services coordinator: 204-986-3977
Under the direction of the coordinator, volunteers assist the staff and police members through specified authorized volunteer duties that include:
- Triaging the public by providing direction, referrals to resources
- Assisting, providing information to victims of crime
- Gaining a working knowledge of police related documents
- The ability to follow WPS policy and procedures
- Providing administrative support
- Assisting staff/police members at Special Events
Community volunteer coordinator: 204-451-3752