Triad is a coming together of three organizations to develop a better relationship between law enforcement and seniors. Three organizations, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Sheriff's Association (NSA), signed a cooperative agreement in 1988 to work together to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to older persons.
Triad has been a part of the Rochester Police Department since 1995. It works with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office and the S.A.L.T. (Seniors And Law enforcement Together) Council. Triad is currently involved in several activities to accomplish their goals of reducing criminal victimization and enhance the delivery of services to older persons.
Introducing Rochester's CoptalkLive Crime Prevention Official Website. The Rochester Police Department's crime prevention unit is very active within the community. Our block captains help support our crime prevention efforts by working with their neighborhoods for an effective neighborhood crime watch. You too can get involved, through volunteer opportunities, keeping a watchful eye, calling in a tip, participating in National Night Out, or become a sponsor and help us grow our efforts.
Seniors check houses for residents when they are away on vacations or are out of town. The seniors interested in assisting in this type of program receive the appropriate training from the Crime Prevention Unit. They learn how to check the residence in a safe manner and how to call for assistance if they come across any suspicious circumstances. The volunteers always work in pairs and carry a police radio with them.
To use this program, signup online at coptalklive.com or call the Public Safety Communications Center at (507) 285-8580 when you know you'll will be out of town. The dispatcher will ask: about your plans, including the length of your leave, if there is a responsible party in town while you are gone, if you have discontinued their mail and newspaper services, if you have left any lights on, or have lights on timers, if there are people who will be at the residence while you are away, and if there are any hazards or other factors that the department should be aware of.
The seniors interested in assisting in this type of program receive the appropriate training from the Crime Prevention Unit.
Started in 1997, Triad volunteers educate the senior population of the area about the crucial need to have their current medical information readily available to emergency services personnel. And what better place to put the information but on your refrigerator or in your pocket? Triad volunteers supply and provide instructions for filling out the Refrigerator Card. It includes information about current medications, allergies, personal physician, and any other relevant medical information.
Triad volunteers learn to speak to civic groups, schools, or other gatherings about crime prevention for seniors. They learn about scams, cons, elder abuse, as well as general safety precautions that will enable seniors to lessen their chances of criminal victimization. They tell other seniors that they are not the most victimized segment of society, but they are more susceptible to specific types of crimes such as scams and cons.
If you are interested in more information about Triad training or speakers, E-mail the Crime Prevention Unit or call them at (507)285-8288.