In 1998, this office entered into an agreement that creates a partnership between the Suffolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office, Police Department, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and the Attorney General's Office to work together to reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to this population. Triad provides the opportunity for the exchange of information between law enforcement and senior citizens. It focuses on reducing unwarranted fear of crime and improving the quality of life for seniors by implementing educational and crime prevention programs which help keep senior citizens from becoming victims of abuse, fraud, scams and other types of crime. This is true community policing --- providing better service to a population which appreciates, respects and supports law enforcement.
Why is Triad necessary?
Older Americans comprise the most rapidly growing segment of the population. One in every eight Americans is already age 65 or older. Increased life expectancy is leading to new issues and problems for the criminal justice system as most communities experience a dramatic increase in the number of older persons. Calls for service, crimes, victims --- all are changing.
What can Triad do?
- Crime prevention programs for older persons
- Information on how to avoid criminal victimization
- Expanded involvement in Neighborhood Watch
- Home security information and inspections
- Personal safety tips
- Knowledge of current frauds and scams
- Training in coping with telephone solicitations and door-to-door salesmen
- Elder abuse prevention, recognition and reporting information
- Training for deputies and officers in communicating with and assisting older persons
- Reassurance programs for older citizens
- Telephone call-in programs by and for seniors
- Adopt-a-senior visits for shut-ins
- Buddy system for shut-ins
- Emergency preparedness plans by and for seniors
- Senior walks at parks or malls
- Senior safe shopping trips for groceries
- Victim assistance by and for seniors
- Courtwatch activities
- Refrigerator cards with emergency medical information
- Older persons volunteering within law enforcement agencies
To prevent Elder Abuse:
- Be sure to investigate sources of elder care thoroughly.
- Look around at the facilities and other patients.
- Check the background of anyone who offers personal home care.
- Do not be afraid to report elder abuse.
- Contact Adult Protective Services (1-888-832-3858) and Suffolk Police (923-2350) if you suspect abuse.
To prevent Consumer Fraud:
- Always take your time when making a financial decision. Do not be afraid to say "NO".
- Beware of give-away and free prizes. There is usually a catch.
- Offers that sound too good to be true usually are.
- Report consumer fraud to the Attorney General's Office (1-800-451-1525) and Suffolk Police (923-2350).
For Personal Safety:
- Have a buddy system with your neighbors and join a Neighborhood Watch program.
- Whenever possible, travel with a friend.
- Lock up --- even when you're home.
- Do not open your door to strangers.
- If you or someone you know becomes a victim, call the Suffolk Police (923-2350) immediately.