What is TRIAD?
A Triad consists of a partnership which involves
- Senior Citizens
- Law Enforcement (Sheriffs / Police / District Attorney)
- Support / Protective Services (Council on Aging / Clergy / Visiting Nurses, etc.)
Who agree to work together. Their primary goals are to reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to this population. Triad provides the opportunity for an exchange of information between law enforcement, support services, and senior citizens. It focuses on reducing unwarranted fear of crime and improving the quality of life for seniors. A Triad is tailored to meet the needs of each community and is guided by a S.A.L.T. council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together). Triad is an integral part of community policing.
Why is TRIAD necessary?
Older Americans comprise the most rapidly growing segment of the population. One in every eight Americans is already age 65 or older, a total of more than 33.6 million. Increased life expectancy is leading to new issues and problems for the criminal justice system as most communities experience a dramatic increase in the number of older persons. Calls for service, crimes, victims—all are changing.
What can TRIAD do?
A Triad assesses the needs of each community. Areas with serious crime problems may focus on crime prevention and victim assistance. Where older persons are not often targets of crime, the S.A.L.T. council may decide to concentrate on reassurance programs, training for law enforcement, and involving volunteers within the law enforcement agencies.
The S.A.L.T. council plans activities and programs to involve and benefit both law enforcement and seniors. Triad sponsored activities include:
Information for older persons on:
- How to avoid criminal victimization
- Increased involvement in Neighborhood Watch
- Home Security information and inspections
- Knowledge of current frauds and scams
- Coping with telephone solicitations and door-to-door salesmen
- Elder abuse prevention, recognition and reporting
- Training for deputies and officers in communicating with and assisting
- Telephone reassurance programs for older citizens (Are you O.K.)
- Friendly Visitor programs for shut-ins
Intergenerational projects beneficial to seniors and youth
Emergency preparedness plans by and for seniors
911 flash light
Victim assistance by and for seniors
Safe shopping days
File of Life (Emergency Medical information cards)
Mature volunteers within law enforcement agencies
Speakers bureau available to the community
Is your number up (House Numbering)
For more information on TRIAD, contact
Major Donald Rose @ 508-627-5173