The public is invited to the Easthampton Senior Center, at 19 Union Street, on Monday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. to help launch an Easthampton chapter of TRIAD, the national community policing initiative which connects senior citizens with law enforcement and service providers.
Members of the Easthampton Police Department, Easthampton Fire Department, Easthampton Council on Aging, Hampshire Sheriff’s Office, and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office will participate in the signing of a TRIAD cooperative agreement. There will be light refreshments.
Community members interested in learning more about TRIAD, or signing up for the Easthampton S.A.L.T. Council which implements TRIAD are welcome to attend.
Since 1992, the Hampshire/Franklin TRIAD program has been a local cooperative initiative between seniors, law enforcement and human service providers to increase safety and confidence for older citizens through education and crime prevention. TRIAD has had a direct effect on the lives of thousands of elders in the Northwestern District, which includes Hampshire and Franklin Counties and the Town of Athol.
“By working together, not only do elders gain from developing a better understanding of the many different municipal departments in their community and what they do, but other municipal departments gain an increased respect and understanding of each of their roles,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.
Isolated or home-bound elders have received personal visits from uniformed officers and trained volunteers to check on safety, provide reassurance and education about telemarketing and mail scams.
Safety devices, such as File of Life, emergency preparedness bags, house numbers, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have been distributed to hundreds of elders, greatly improving elders safety and the ability of emergency personnel to respond quickly and appropriately in a crisis.
Educational workshops on local crime, personal and home safety, banking and telemarketing scams, consumer fraud, elder abuse, shopping safety, and many other topics have helped elders gain confidence in their own ability to avoid being victims of crime.
The TRIAD program brings together a diverse and innovative group of individuals that work together to enhance the quality of life for older citizens residing in their community. This group is known as a S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council. Any community member interested in can participate.
For more information, please contact TRIAD coordinator Rachel Senecal at the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office at (413) 586-9225.