Lethbridge Police Sufferer/Witness Providers Unit marks 30 years in operation – Lethbridge | Globalnews.ca

Lethbridge Police Victim/Witness Services Unit marks 30 years in operation - Lethbridge | Globalnews.ca

2022-06-24 09:07:26

Greater than 480,000 hours logged by 526 volunteers throughout 30 years have been acknowledged Thursday night, because the Lethbridge Police Service Sufferer/Witness Providers Unit (VWSU) commemorated its anniversary.

“Fairly a milestone whenever you consider the variety of individuals it takes to volunteer over 30 years to offer 24/7 protection,” mentioned VWSU program supervisor Catherine Pooley.

Pushed a yr due to the pandemic, members previous and current have been honoured with a plaque unveiled on the Lethbridge Police station.

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The plaque stands subsequent to an apple tree additionally planted in recognition of the work volunteers have put in with the VWSU.

That features Grace Couturier, presently in her twenty second yr volunteering with the unit offering assist, info and referrals for individuals impacted by crime or tragedy.

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“There’s no person there only for them, so we fill that void and I feel it’s a very good void to be crammed for the town of Lethbridge,” Couturier mentioned.

Based on Pooley, the Lethbridge unit was one of many first of its variety throughout the province.

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Launched in 1991, greater than 41,091 information for assist have been opened by members.

She says being there for individuals of their hardest time is a privilege for the group.

“Being trusted at these moments is unimaginable,” Pooley mentioned.

“Realizing that we will construct on that and construct ahead for the following 30 years and proceed to construct belief on this group is big for us.”

“We have now a shoulder for individuals to cry on. We have now an ear when persons are speaking to hear and now we have instruments to present individuals, however provided that they select these instruments,” Couturier mentioned.

A time capsule may even be crammed to mark the event, to be opened in one other 30 years.

Whereas Pooley is not sure what the long run holds for the Sufferer/Witness Providers Unit, she is definite of 1 factor.

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“Who is aware of what the packages will appear like, who is aware of what the helps will appear like, however I do know the volunteers won’t change,” Pooley mentioned.

“Their dedication, their empathy might be what its been for the final 30 years and I can’t wait to see the place they’re at in one other 30 years.”

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