TRIAD is a partnership consisting of the local Sheriff, Police Chief, Fire & EMS Chief, AARP, seniors and senior service providers in a community who agree to work together to reduce criminal victimization of the elderly. The term TRIAD refers to the three founding organizations: AARP, the National Sheriff's Association (NSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
A major purpose of TRIAD is to develop, expand and implement effective crime prevention and education programs for older community members. Activities center on both pre-victimization (preventive) and post-victimization (victim/witness assistance) aspects.
TRIAD creates an opportunity for our city's seniors to meet with public safety leaders and service providers to discuss topics that our seniors wish to obtain more knowledge and understanding about. This type of information exchange allows our seniors to be aware and take advantage of existing or new city programs which are intended to enhance our seniors' quality of life.
TRIAD activities aim to:
- Educate - Sponsors crime prevention and victim/witness programs for older persons.
- Assist - Recruits and trains volunteers to assist the police and sheriff's departments.
- Emphasize - Staff's reassurance for programs for older persons to reduce fear and provide moral support.
- Communicate - Provides a forum for law enforcement and the community to share needs and concerns - and develop solutions.
- Involve - Brings seniors and law enforcement together to develop community-wide solutions.
TRIAD strives to enable:
- Reduced criminal victimization of older persons.
- Improved quality of life for older residents of the community.
- Greater involvement of the community in implementing solutions.
- Focused attention to the crime-related needs and concerns of older persons.
- Enhanced delivery of law enforcement services to the elderly.
The Colonial Heights TRIAD Chapter meets on the first Monday of every month at 2:30 pm in the Community Building, located at 157 Roanoke Avenue.
For additional information, call the Colonial Heights Sheriff's Office at (804) 520-9352.