These Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers Go the Extra Mile for Victims of Crime
Being a victim of crime is never easy, and the Larimer County Sheriff's Office knows that.
That's why they have the Victim Response Team, an organization that provides 24/7 assistance to victims of crime in Larimer County.
The team is there to make sure that victims are aware of their legal rights, as well as provide on-scene assistance, emotional support, and more.
"Life is not always kind, bad things happen to good people," said team volunteer Carol Steinbock in our "Tuned In to NoCo" interview. "[The team] is just a way of giving back and providing that personal touch when your life feels like it's in shambles."
Working in 12-hour shifts in teams of two, team members assist with a wide variety of situations, ranging from domestic violence incidents to unattended deaths.
While this sounds like, and can be, upsetting work, being a part of the Victim Response Team is actually an enlightening and rewarding experience.
"In my personal life, I think I'm more sensitive to people [because of the team]," said team coordinator Sue Johnston in our interview. "It's probably the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I look at my children differently...I have more patience."
And most importantly, the team is making a huge difference in the lives of victims in Larimer County.
But it's not easy to make that difference without help. The team is always looking for more volunteers to help strengthen their abilities.
If you're interested in joining the team, you can apply here.
To learn more about the Victim Response Team, listen to the full "Tuned In to NoCo" interview with Sue Johnston and Carol Steinbock below.