What is TRIAD?
TRIAD is the agreement of law enforcement agencies in a county/parish (sheriff's office, police departments, etc) and older or retired persons in the community to work together.
TRIAD is the concept of cooperation to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly.
TRIAD is a partnership to address crime issues which affect older citizens -- and the enhanced delivery of law enforcement services to these mature persons.
One person defined TRIAD as The Right Information And Direction
How do TRIADS work?
Police Chief(s) or designated officer(s)
Sheriff or designee
AARP (mature/retired leaders)
Agency on Aging
Home Extension Service
Emergency response/medical representative
Other agencies or individuals interested in the welfare of seniors
A county/parish may decide to have one county-wide S.A.L.T. group, or each community may have it's own, with periodic coordination among the councils.
Most S.A.L.T. councils meet monthly. Most carry out activities through the efforts of active subcommittees:
crime prevention education, publicity, special events, reassurance strategies, elder abuse prevention, victim assistance, etc.
What do TRIADS do?
1. Educate: Sponsor crime prevention and victim/witness programs for older persons.
2. Assist: Recruit and train volunteers to assist the police and sheriff's departments.
3. Emphasize: Staff reassurance programs for older persons to reduce the fear and provide moral support.
4. Communicate: Provide a forum for law enforcement and the community to share needs and concerns - and develop solutions.
5. Involve: Unite seniors, sheriffs and local police to identify problem areas for seniors in the local community - to develop and implement community - wide solutions.