APply to become a VST Volunteer
Step #1 - Submit the Application
Download the volunteer application:
Or email email@example.com 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 been cleared through initial screening, you’ll be asked to review orientation material and invited to schedule an interview. A link will be sent with the interview dates and times; all interviews will be located at the Seattle Police Department Headquarters building in downtown Seattle at 610 5th Avenue.
Step #3 - Backgrounding
Full acceptance in the program is contingent upon passing the SPD Civilian Background Check. If invited to attend the training academy, you will be asked to complete a Seattle Police Department Personal History Information packet. To complete the process you must be fingerprinted and pass a criminal history and record check.
Step #4 - VST Training Academy
There are two new volunteer training academies each year. Volunteers are trained on an extensive range of topics presented by VST staff, SPD detectives, officers, community leaders, and DV Advocates. The 50 hours of classroom learning provide the foundational knowledge needed to support families affected by violence.
We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. The next Academy dates are TBD for the Winter of 2016. Check back soon for official announcement!
(Due to a full volunteer roster, the Fall 2015 Academy has been pushed back, all current applicants will be contacted by the VST Volunteer Supervisor.)
Academy training topics may include:
- VST Protocols and Procedures
- Domestic Violence 101
- Domestic Violence through a Social Justice Lens
- Crisis Intervention and Empowerment Based Advocacy
- Effects of DV on children
- Personal Safety and Situational Awareness
- Creating a Safety Plan
- Police Culture
- Criminal Justice System
- SPD Radio Training
- Seattle Geography
- Biohazard Training
All volunteers must complete the training academy in order to move forward into field 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.