Triad

WHAT IS TRIAD?

Traid is a community policing initiative between seniors, law enforcement and service providers to increase safety through education and crime prevention. Its goals are:

  • To reduce criminal activity that targets older Americans
  • To alleviate seniors' fear of victimization, build confidence and improve the quality of life
  • To enhance delivery of law enforcement services to older persons

THE S.A.L.T. COUNCIL (Seniors and Lawmen Together)

Triad on the community level is implemented by a S.A.L.T. council that may be composed of:

  • Seniors
  • Police and a district attorney
  • Council on Aging Director
  • Protective service personnel
  • Representatives of other community and civic groups

The S.A.L.T. Council determines the needs of the community's senior population as they relate to crime prevention and safety awareness, and coordinates activities to meet those needs.

WHAT DO TRIADS DO?

  • Empower - give seniors leadership on the S.A.L.T. Council to determine its direction.
  • Educate - gather information on criminal activity, and sponsor crime prevention workshops and other programs.
  • Reach Out - reduce fear and increase peace of mind for seniors who live alone, through home visits by law enforcement officers.
  • More Links - provide a forum to discuss crime-releated needs and concerns of seniors, identify problem areas and develop and implement community-wide solutions.

WHAT CAN RESULT?

Seniors can gain from regular contact with police officers, direct involvement in crime prevention strategies and awareness of available services.

Law enforcement gains more contact with seniors, better awareness of seniors' crime-related fears, more understanding of the human service field, and increased respect and understanding for teh department by members of the community.

Human service providers gain from improved distribution of services, more cooperation with other providers, and better understanding of law enforcement and the challenges it faces.

TRIAD INITIATIVES BY THE NEWTOWN S.A.L.T. COUNCIL SINCE 2003

  • Establishment of Newtown S.A.L.T. Council
  • Senior surveys on crime related concerns
  • Senior Safety Day
  • Banking & Shopping Safety
  • Triad Conference Workshop
  • Distribution of safety devices, such as The Beacon Light
  • Home security inspections available by police upon request

PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

  • The Yellow Dot Program
  • Safety Fairs
  • Emergency preparedness booklets
  • Intergenerational workshops
  • Police training on elderly issues
  • Fashion Show

For information on Newtown Triad, please contact:

Marilyn Place
Director of Senior Center/Senior Services
Newtown Triad Co-Chairman
14 Riverside Road
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
(203) 270-4315

Maryhelen McCarthy
Officer, Newtown Police Department
Newtown Triad Co-Chairman
3 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
(203) 426-5841

A cooperative effort of:

  • The Town of Newtown
  • The Newtown Business Comunity
  • The Newtown Police Department
  • The Newtown Social and Senior Services
  • The Commission on Aging
  • The Senior Citizens of Newtown