Law Enforcement and Senior Citizens
Working Together
What is Triad?

Triad is the agreement between the law enforcement agencies in a county
(Sheriff's Office, Police Departments, etc.) and senior citizens or retired
persons in the Community to work together.

Triad is the concept of cooperation to reduce the criminal victimization of the

Triad is a joint approach to crime issues which affect senior citizens, and the
enhanced delivery of law enforcement services to these mature persons.

One senior defined Triad as

What do Triads Do?

  1. Educate: Sponsor crime Prevention programs for senior citizens.
  2. Assist: Recruit and train volunteers to assist the police and sheriff's
  3. Emphasive: Staff reassurance programs for senior citizens to reduce
    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 problems
    areas for seniors in the local communty to develop and implement
    community-wide solutions.

Examples of programs include:
  •        RUOK, a computerized telephone checks on seniors
  •        Call out/home visits on seniors each week        
  •        Elder abuse prevention, recognition and inspections
  •        Timely information of current fraud and scams

All programs are provided free of cost to persons 60 years of age or older.

For more information contact:
 Mercer County Sheriff's Office at (309) 582-5194
 Deputy Gary Lucas ME-15 email:
 Elderly Services Officer