What does Triad stand for?
Triad represents a group of three, or the three sectors of a community that partner to keep seniors safe from crime: public safety, criminal justice, and the senior community.
Three national organizations agreed that the crime-related needs of older individuals could best be met by their cooperative effort -AARP, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA). This Triad of organizations signed a cooperative agreement in 1988. Today, Triad can involve Councils on Aging, Agency on Aging, emergency services, social services, RSVP groups, and other organizations that work directly with elder citizens.
Triad: A Concept in Action
Triad is a commitment between chiefs of police, the sheriff and senior leaders and affiliated organizations. They reduce elder victimization and increase law enforcement services to older persons.
The purpose of a Triad is to develop and implement crime prevention and education programs for older individuals. Activities center on both pre- victimization (preventive) and post-victimization (victim/witness assistance) aspects.
Triad should also focus on reducing fear of crime by identifying misconceptions, educating seniors on criminal activity that affect them, and creating programs to reduce elder crime with information exchange between law enforcement and older persons.
How does the Triad Survey work?
The survey should be designed to capture what it is exactly that seniors fear-crime-wise-and what their concerns are. True community policing requires law enforcement to listen to the voice of the community, and this survey is a positive step in that direction.
Where would I start with the Triad Survey?
The Triad Survey will probably become the basis for designing and implementing programs and activities, so it is important that some thought go into its design, distribution and collection. The survey need not be overly formal, but it does need to capture crime-related attitudes and concerns.
For example, some attention to victimization is useful. Have you ever been a victim of a crime while living in this community? Do you stay indoors because you’re afraid to go out?
Yellow Dot Program
The Yellow Dot Program is a Triad Project to help save lives. This project is a cooperative effort by the Fairfield Police Department, and Angela Deleon of People's United Bank.
Under the Yellow Dot programs, seniors complete an information card with medical history, doctors, allergies, and other important information which could be life saving should they be involved in a motor vehicle accident. After completing the form, the senior attaches a photograph and places the form in the glove box of their car. A yellow dot sticker is affixed to the back windshield, signifying to first responders that, in the event of an emergency, they should look for this important health information.
The Knowledge of the Emergency Service Workers in Your Community.
SENIOR SAFE WALK 2012
Other Community programs offered:
Senior Safe Walk – Fairfield University
RUOK program (see Public Affairs page for description)
Alzheimer’s Registry ( see Public Affairs page )
Silver Alert (see Public Affairs page)
Driver & Vehicle Safety
FRAUDS, SCAMS, AND THE SENIOR CITIZEN
Seniors are defrauded at twice the rate of the rest of the population. Through the efforts of officers and Triad volunteers, seniors recognize fraud and scams and those who perpetrate them.
Seniors are targeted for crimes for several reasons:
Availability: Seniors are often home for cold calls, and scam artists.
Isolation: Very often seniors do not live in proximity of family and lack individuals to review
investment or decision making.
Loneliness: Lack of friendships can position some to be receptive to a friendly voice and con.
Health issues—As one ages, natural health issues evolve. This often leaves seniors unable to repair and upkeep homes, positioning them for scams and fraud.
Money—Seniors are often targeted because cons see them as trusting and an easy target for money from savings or property
Predatory Lending: Home loans and predatory lending schemes can place older individuals in a situation where they can no longer pay their mortgage, resulting in the loss of their home. Many times, these offers come by telephone, mail, e-mail and even the seniors’ door.
Home Improvements: According to the Consumer Federation of America, home improvement and contractor-related complaints are the second largest consumer complaint in the U.S. Often, these home improvement scams are directed toward the elderly. Frequent complaints involve workmanship issues, overpricing, abandonment or unfinished work, failure to meet building code requirements, and failure to use a written contract.
Telemarketing: Congress estimates that consumers lose more than $40 billion annually to telemarketing fraud. As many as one in ten callers may be fraudulent. AARP finds that more than half of telemarketing fraud victims were over the age of 50. These calls may take the form of phony charity collection, investment opportunities, sweepstakes, or lotteries.
Warning Signs of Elder Fraud schemes
"Free" gifts that require you to pay shipping and handling fees, redemption fees or gift taxes before delivery
"High profit, no-risk" investments
"Act now" and other high pressure sales tactics
A request for a credit card number for identification or to verify that you have won a prize
Refusal to provide written information or even the most basic details about an organization
State of Connecticut
Protective Services for the Elderly (PSE)
This program is designed to safeguard people 60 years and older from physical, mental and emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment and/or financial abuse and exploitation. DSS social workers devise a plan of care aimed at assuring an elder's safety while preserving the person’s right of self-determination. Staff may help the person remain in the living situation he or she prefers, safeguard legal rights, prevent bodily injury or harm, determine service needs and then mobilize resources to provide necessary services.
The Social Work service plan may include crisis intervention, arranging for and coordinating any of the following services: adult day-care, companionship, counseling, homemaker, home health care, home-delivered meals, long-term care or, if necessary, emergency convalescent placement.
In extreme cases, DSS can seek court authorization to provide services to a person who appears to “lack the capacity” to give consent to reasonable and necessary services to assure personal safety. Under certain circumstances, the Department may apply to the Probate Court for the appointment of a Conservator whose role is to make decisions on behalf of an incompetent person.
To report cases of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation, call the toll-free In State referral line at 1-888-385-4225, Out of State call Infoline at 1-800-203-1234.
After Hours Elder Abuse Emergencies, In State call Infoline at 211, Out of State call Infoline at 1-800-203-1234.
Conservator of Estate (COE)
In certain circumstances, the DSS Commissioner may be appointed as the Conservator of Estate for frail elderly persons sixty years of age or older, if the person is incapable of managing his or her own financial affairs.
Conservator of Person (COPP)
The DSS Conservator of Person Program is administered by staff who represent the DSS Commissioner and are appointed by the Probate Court to supervise the personal affairs of an individual who has a critical need for someone to act on their behalf due to mental or physical disability.
Long Term Care Investigations and Interventions
Public Act 99-176 redirected the reporting to and investigation of abuse, neglect and exploitation of nursing home residents from the Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman to the Office of the Commissioner of Social Services. This responsibility is assigned to the Bureau of Aging, Community, and Social Work Services. The Social Work unit will screen all calls and written reports relating to this matter. Reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation should be made to Social Work Services utilizing the form W-410 and should be faxed to 860-424-5091. Please contact the Social Work unit at 860-424-5964 for any questions regarding this procedure.