Police are calling on residents of Lansdowne to sign up for their victim empowerment programme, which aims to help victims and survivors of crime and violence deal with its impact. “It is very important for this specific service to have as many volunteers as possible, for it will definitely benefit both the community and victims of crime. Not only will it support those involved in an incident, but it also benefits the volunteer by gaining work experience in the field,” says Lansdowne police spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka. “We are seeking devoted people who enjoy serving their community and who are willing to be a volunteer for our station. Those who are interested should reside in the area and must have experience in counselling and support. Volunteers should also have a clean criminal record and be able to work well with people,” he explains. “The project deals with all kinds of victimisation, especially violence against women and children. Domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, abuse of the elderly and people with disabilities, human trafficking and xenophobia are amongst the issues volunteers will deal with.”The victim empowerment programme is an unpaid, voluntary service. Anyone 18 years and older can sign up, adds Mnyaka. V For more information contact Captain Faeezah Appels during office hours on 079 894 0090.