Sheriff’s Office Seeking Victim Advocate Volunteers

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate Unit is seeking volunteers to join their team.

The Victim Advocate Unit assists law enforcement officers in Ottawa County during traumatic incidents such as fatal traffic crashes and some death investigations. Victim Advocates act as liaisons between family members and law enforcement during initial scene investigation. They also provide emotional support to the families of victims and remain with the  family until their own support system arrives.

Advocates receive training from the Michigan Sheriff’s Association and from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. The Advocates work their shift with a partners covering 24 hours of service.

If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer Victim Advocate Unit, please contact Sergeant Christie Wendt at