The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP welcomed Lauren Reid as the new victim services program manager in November.
 
Reid was given the opportunity when the former program manager decided to retire after 28 years.
 
"I oversee the program, which consists of victim services advocates who are volunteers and we assist people who have been victims of crime in the area," explained Reid.
 
She moved to the Fort with her family last spring and accepted the job in November. After two months of training she has officially started managing the program herself, as of this January.
 
"We chose Fort Saskatchewan and it was perfect timing because the old program manager was retiring and I wasn't sure what I was going to do, but this popped up and it was the perfect fit," said Reid.
 
Reid actually started out as a volunteer.
 
"I had a passion for working with homeless people, sort of inner city population and then the position was created five years ago for inner city victim services so I jumped on that," she said.
 
Her goal is to expand the program by adding two or three volunteers to their team of nine.
 
Those interested in becoming a victim services volunteer must meet several requirments, including an RCMP security clearance and complete an online survey. It would require one hour of time per week.
 
She previously worked with victim services in the innter city of Edmonton and has six years of experience under her belt.
 
The victim services unit is based out of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP detachment, however they are a not-for-profit program and also fundraise throughout the year.
 

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