Triad is an organization established in 1988 through a cooperative agreement between The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA). Their mission was to create a specialized way to guarantee the safety of older citizens throughout the United States, and currently over eight hundred counties have singed the Triad agreement. Hampshire County, Massachusetts was the first in the state to develop a Triad S.A.L.T. council in Amherst in 1992, which consists of police, fire, sheriff, district attorney, older adults, councils on aging personnel, protective services personnel, and representatives from civic groups. The majority of communities in Hampshire County now have formalized S.A.L.T. councils. The widespread acceptance of Triad led the NSA to form an associated and institutionalized non-profit called the National Association of Triads.
The uniqueness of Triad is that all members who participate have the same goal in mind: to reduce senior victimization. It is senior-led and has much to offer to those whom are older and fear crime or the possibility of being the victim of a crime. Programs and events such as house numbering, community shredding, the file of life, a drug take-back, safe-entry lock boxes, sand for seniors, and much more are held often to benefit the public and encourage safety. Triad also creates educational opportunities where elders can learn about home safety, banking scams, consumer fraud, elder abuse, shopping safety, and other issues which may apply to them.
The bonds formed between law enforcement and senior citizens are what make Triad an exceptional establishment, and The Hampshire Sheriff’s Office is proud to be a supporter, member, and leader within the Triad community.
Please look below to read more about Triad programs.