As part of the Elders and People with Disabilities Unit, the TRIAD program plays a major part in linking community partnerships.
TRIAD is a community policing initiative of seniors, law enforcement and service providers to increase safety through education and crime prevention. Its goals are:
- To reduce criminal activity which targets older Americans
- To alleviate seniors’ fears of victimization, build confidence and improve the quality of life
- To enhance delivery of law enforcement services to older persons
TRIAD is implemented by a S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council which may be composed of:
- Police, sheriff, and the district attorney
- Protective service personnel
The TRIAD is anchored by our Northwestern District's three top law enforcement officials: Hampshire County Sheriff Patrick Cahillane, Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan and District Attorney David. E. Sullivan.
Some successfful local TRIAD programs include:
- House numbering program: helps first responders find elders' homes more easily in an emergency.
- Lock Box Program: Gives first responders access to a house key that allows them to safely enter elders' homes in an emergency.
- File of Life: Contains an elder's current medical information and is located on the refrigerator in the home for easy access by first responders.
- Medical Equipment Lending Program: Provides donated medical equipment to seniors in need at no charge.
For information on TRIAD in your community, or how to begin one, please contact (413) 586-9225
TRIAD members have been instrumental in helping make our National Prescription Drug Take Back Days a success!