Dear Senior Friends,
It is with great pleasure that I am able to introduce a National program into loniaCounty! “TRIAD” comes to us from the National Sheriffs’ Association to the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association to our local agency. TRIAD is a triangle with three points. At the top are SENIORS and at the bottom local POLICE and SHERIFFS’- all working together in order to build a pyramid of strength and stability to help “our” SENIORS in need!
In IoniaCounty we have formed a S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) to represent all communities within our county. This board is responsible to listen to and assist seniors with special needs or concerns!
IoniaCounty is very fortunate in that we have an outstanding quality of life and very low crime rate. However, we are not immune to problems in our County. For this reason, we are dedicated to providing our seniors the best possible service!
If you have a need, special problem or an issue to discuss -please do not hesitate to call any board member or my office. Our staff is dedicated to making loniaCounty a safe place in which to live, work, play and raise our families!
Sheriff Dwain Dennis
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 (31.8 million in 1991). 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
What can TRIAD do?
Triad is a program involving law enforcement and older Americans. The focus is determined by both and assessing the needs of the particular community. Areas with more serious crime problems may focus on crime prevention and victim assistance. Areas where older persons are not often targets for crime may decide to concentrate on reassurance programs, training for law enforcement, and involving volunteers within the law enforcement agencies. The S.A.L.T. advisory council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) plans activities and programs which will involve and benefit both law enforcement and seniors. Some Triads sponsor:
- Information on how to avoid criminal victimization
- Expanded involvement in Neighborhood Watch
- Personal safety tips
- Home security information and inspections
- 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
- Adopt-a Senior visits for shut-ins
- Buddy system for shut-ins
If you feel there is a particular problem that needs attention and is not one that is being addressed, let your local Triad Advisory Council know about it. Remember, Triad is here to serve you.
What is your concern?
- Personal Injury
- Drug Sales/Use Near Your Home
- Dishonest Sales Persons
- Vandalism to Property
- Telephone Solicitation
- Suspicious Stranger
- Uncontrolled Animals
- Abuse of Elderly
- Traffic Problems
- Loud Parties
- Crime prevention programs for older persons
Any others not listed? Need Help? We are only a phone call away.
If your concern is important to you, it’s important to us!
Give Us a Call (616) 527-5737
If Urgent, Dial 911