The Holmdel Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on its Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). In conjunction with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, the Holmdel Police Department continues to make available this service to victims of domestic violence.
The volunteer advocates with 180's DVRT program are civilian members of the community who work in collaboration with the police to provide crisis intervention and safety planning to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. The specially-trained advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a temporary restraining order. The volunteer advocates help to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous.
The 40-hour intensive, mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants at no cost. 180 will be conducting the four-week training April 16 through May 9, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, 6 to 9:30 p.m., in the Hazlet Township Municipal Building. Parking is on-site in the municipal lot. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The services of the Holmdel Police Domestic Violence Response Team are available to victims, 24/4 at the Holmdel Police Department Headquarters.
Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have access to transportation, possess a valid driver's license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training.
The Holmdel Police Department and 180-Turning Lives Around are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Lieutenant Michael Pigott, DVRT, DVLO at 732-946-9690 ext. 1742.