Triad


ABOUT TRIAD – WHAT IS TRIAD
Triad is not an acronym.  It represents a three way effort among the Sheriff, Police, and Seniors.  They have joined together to reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens and to enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to this population.

 In the mid 1990’s, with the encouragement of the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Associations of Sheriffs and Chief’s of Police, and AARP, states were encouraged to develop community Triads.  Now most states have Triad organizations, each serving their communities in differing manners.  Each Triad is designed to determine how best to assist law enforcement and the special needs of their seniors.
In 1996 a memorandum of understanding was signed by the Sheriff, the Police Department and several senior organizations to establish a Lincoln/Lancaster County Triad.  Current coordinators, Larry Russell and Lily Hans began recruiting members, writing bylaws, defining goals and deciding how to best serve the community.
A survey of 1400 seniors indicated that violent crimes were their biggest concerns. However, frauds, scams and various abuses that threatened them in their homes, over the phone, through the mail, or at their doors, were of lesser concern.  It was decided that these lesser concerns were just the ones that needed to be addressed.  A “Speaker’s Bureau” of volunteers was developed to reach groups and organizations to educate them about scams and frauds, how to recognize and report them, and how to protect themselves.  This remains the ongoing effort of our local Triad which meets monthly to discuss new scams and abuses.
These efforts now have expanded to include awareness of various forms of elder abuse, and the enormous impact that computers and internet frauds and identity thefts have created for not only older citizens but also for our entire community. 

A “Speaker’s Bureau” of volunteers was developed to reach groups and organizations to educate them about scams and frauds, how to recognize and report them, and how to protect themselves.  This remains the ongoing effort of our local Triad which meets monthly to discuss new scams and abuses.

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