Triad makes preparations
by Paisley Boston
Apr 27, 2014 | 1240 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Right Information And Direction program and the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together council are planning an event for senior citizens in June.

According to Administrative Assistant and Triad Board Secretary Ke'Angela Riley, the Triad program recently received a $3,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Department of Public Safety to host an event that would offer information to seniors about victimization, public safety, fraud, identity theft and any other crimes that usually happen against seniors.

"We are requesting the assistance of community outreach programs and businesses to help sponsor or volunteer. We are inviting individuals who are over the age of 55 to come and participate," said Riley.

She said the event would encompass vendors, local police officers, fire fighters, public safety officers and just anyone who may have to approach the home of a senior for any reason.

"These individuals will come dressed in their work attire to model for the seniors so that they will be aware of how they look and what they should expect if or when they arrive at their homes," added Riley.

Riley said the Bolivar County Sheriff Department has been receiving a high volume of calls from seniors that claim that they have experienced identity theft, scamming or fraud.

"I believe this is because most elderly people are generous and are easily persuaded. We want to try to ensure the safety of our seniors by providing them with some valuable information," she continued.

"World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day is June 15 and we are in the process of planning an event around this day. We do not have a specific date set yet and we are still trying to find a building that could accommodate the entire county. The grant expires on June 30 so everything has to be finalized by then," said Riley.

Triad is the agreement of law enforcement agencies in the count and older retired individuals in the community to work together.

The main focus of this organization is to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly.

Triad is a group of individuals who work together on crime prevention and protection for the community's senior citizens.

Triad is a partnership to address crime issues, which effect older citizens, and to enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to these mature persons.

The mission is to take a leadership role I the unique challenge of working with older leaders and affiliated organizations to reduce crimes perpetuated against older adults and improve the relationship between law enforcement services and the older community.