What is the Victim Services Unit?
The Victim Services Unit is a volunteer group of people dedicated to helping victims survive a crisis or crime against them. They are the “Helping Hands” of the police, fire and medical personnel. They free the Offices up to do their jobs without leaving the victim “out in the cold” or ignored. The objective is to avoid further victimization.
What Are The Purposes of the Victim Services Unit?
The Victim Services Unit is designed to:
- Comfort and help victims and make referrals to appropriate agencies and services of the area according to needs.
- Serve as a liaison for victims, their families, and scene officials or emergency service providers.
- Aid and educate victims as to their rights, the Victims Compensation Board, and the judicial system.
- Help when and where needed.
- Provide short term crisis intervention.
How To Request The VSU
Victim Services Unit volunteers can be requested by any law enforcement agency, fire Office or hospital within the county, or by volunteers themselves. They will respond, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to the scene, police agencies or other locations. To request the VSU, contact the Barry County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 948-4801.
VSU Training And Applicants
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please review the training and skills below.
- Applicants must pass a background check
- Live in Barry County
- Have your own transportation
- Successfully complete a 20 hour training program to be certified by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association
- Able to be on call for twelve-hour shifts
For more information about becoming a VSU volunteer, contact the Barry County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 948-4801.
The Victim Services Unit is supported by the Barry County United Way