What is TRIAD?
TRIAD is the agreement of law enforcement agencies in the county (Sheriff’s office, police departments, etc.) and older or retired persons in the community to work together. The National TRIAD was formed in 1988 and is called NATI (National Association of Triads, Inc.). TRIAD is a concept of cooperation to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly. TRIAD is a partnership to address crime issues which affect the older citizens and the enhanced delivery of law enforcement services to these people.
One person defined TRIAD as:
What does the TRIAD do?
• EDUCATE: Sponsor crime prevention and victim assistance programs for older person
• ASSIST: Recruit and train volunteers to assist the police and sheriff’s departments.
• EMPHASIZE: Staff reassurance pro-grams for older persons to reduce fear and provide moral support
• COMMUNICATE: Provide a forum for law enforcement and the community to share needs and concerns and develop solutions.
• INVOLVE: Unite seniors, sheriffs, and local police to identify problem areas for seniors in the local community to develop and implement community-wide solutions.
Who benefits from TRIAD?
The activities and education we provide for our seniors benefit them by having regular contact with service providers, giving seniors knowledge of available services. Law enforcement personnel gain a better understanding of senior’s fears and concerns, enabling them to develop programs to meet those needs. Service organizations benefit from improved allocation of services, cooperation with other service providers, and a better understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement.
When does TRIAD meet?
We have been holding regular meetings on a monthly basis and have partnered with many senior involved organizations to carry out activities through the efforts of some subcommittees. Monthly meetings usually run for 90 minutes. Committees meet separately to carry out their individual projects, including crime prevention education, publicity, special events, reassurance strategies, elder abuse prevention, victim assistance, etc.
Since the first quarter of 2009, the Cherokee TRIAD and the S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) council has offered educational classes at locations throughout the city and the county. These classes provide education among the senior community aimed at reducing senior targeted crimes. Partnerships with local businesses and individuals make this possible.
How is TRIAD funded?
We have received monies from local non-profits including United Way and the Volunteer Aging Council to assist in our ongoing endeavor.
Who can be a member of TRIAD?
Members of most S.A.L.T. groups include:
- Police Chiefs or designated officers
- Sheriff or designee • AARP APS (Adult Protective Service)
- District Attorney
- Office Volunteers
- Meals on Wheels Representative
- Fire Agencies and Emergency Medical Response personnel
- Senior Services Volunteer or representative
- Hospital representatives
- Assisted living or nursing home designee
- Business leaders and professionals
- Other agencies or individuals concerned with the welfare of seniors
How can I become involved in Canton-Cherokee TRIAD?
You as an individual, or your business, can make a difference! You can be part of this initiative now!
Cherokee Sheriff’s Office
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