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.
TRIAD members with Greenfield PD Officer Donut at Hampshire-Franklin TRIAD Volunteer Recognition Picnic in Hatfield
Some successful 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.
Blankets for Kids: Volunteers knit or crochet blankets for children who law enforcement officers encounter on calls.
Click here to see and download our TRIAD brochure.Click here to download the Amherst SALT Safe Entry Program brochure.
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!