APply to become a VST Volunteer
Step #1 - Submit the Application
Download the volunteer application:
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the VST Volunteer Supervisor at 206.615.0892 to request an application packet.
VST Application ( PDF )
Email completed application to:
Step #2 - Interview
This is a competitive program, not all applicants will be asked to interview. Once you have reviewed the orientation material and been cleared through screening, you will be invited to schedule an interview. A link will be sent to you with the interview dates and times, all located at the Seattle Police Department Headquarters building, located in downtown Seattle at 610 5th Avenue.
Step #3 - Backgrounding
If accepted into our VST training academy, we will begin the backgrounding process. During this process, you will be asked to complete a Seattle Police Department Personal History Questionnaire, you must pass a criminal history and records checks, and must get fingerprinted.
Step #4 - VST Training Academy
VST conducts two volunteer trainings each year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Volunteers are trained on a range of topics presented by SPD detectives, officers, community leaders, DV Advocates and VST staff, to provide the comprehensive and diverse knowledge needed to support families affected by violence.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Spring Academy, which will be held the first two weeks of May, from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays in downtown Seattle.
Applications for the next Academy are due by March 15th, 2015. Prospective volunteers will be contacted once an application has been submitted.
The 2015 Fall Academy will be held on 6 consecutive Saturdays, generally beginning the first weekend of October. The training schedule will be 8:30am - 5:00pm in South Seattle.
Training topics may include:
- Introduction to VST
- Domestic Violence 101
- Cultural Competency
- Crisis Intervention
- Active Listening
- Effects of DV on children
- Personal Safety
- Creating a Safety Plan
- Evidence Training
- Police Culture
- Criminal Justice System
- SPD’s Response to DV
- SPD Radio Training
- VST Protocol and Procedures
- Seattle Geography
- Biohazard Training
- Car Seat Training
As part of the training process, you will also participate on a ride-along with a patrol officer, and a shadow shift with a VST team.