LACONIA — April 6 marks the beginning of Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Laconia Police Department is fortunate enough to have several volunteers who assist them in their day-to-day operations.
The Victim Services Unit works closely with the Prosecutor's Office to aid victims of crimes through the Court process. There are also administrative volunteers who assist with copying, filing, and shredding.
Some months the department is lucky enough to have forty plus hours of volunteer time afforded to them. All of these hours are uncompensated and yet the volunteers keep coming back.
The Laconia Police Department's Victim Services Unit has been alive and active for the last eleven years. The members of the unit have worked in court, made calls , sent letters, and have met with victims of crimes; such as, domestic violence and others.
The unit meets once a month to discuss ways to improve communication, how to handle caseloads, and share examples of practices to better serve the public. Some of the members have attended workshops offered for victim advocates in Maine and New Hampshire. The group serves as a liaison among the victim, law enforcement, and the LPD prosecutor.
The unit was started by former Chief Thomas Oetinger and it was suggested an hour a week be served by each member of the unit. Many of the VSU members have gone above and beyond to serve many hours a week. The members feel very appreciated by both the public and the Laconia Police "Team." There are always volunteer opportunities available. If anyone is interested, contact the Prosecutor's office at 524-2330.