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 elderly.

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

One senior defined Triad as The Right Information and Direction

What do Triads Do?

  • Educate: Sponsor crime Prevention programs for senior citizens.
  • Assist: Recruit and train volunteers to assist the police and sheriff's departments.
  • Emphasize: Staff reassurance programs for senior citizens 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 problems areas for seniors in the local community 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 Thomas Bennett email:
Elderly Services Officer

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