Senior crime prevention topic of meeting

- Posted on Oct 09, 2013 - 01:10 PM

Deputy R.E. Richmond, Crime Prevention Officer for the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office, will make a presentation about crime prevention for seniors at the Oct. 17, meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

The luncheon meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Olivia’s in the Village, Gloucester. Gloucester County recently reinstituted its Triad program and Richmond is the primary coordinator.

Triad refers to the initiative’s three founding organizations—AARP, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA). The Triad concept originated in 1988 when the AARP, IACP and NSA agreed to establish a partnership to arm senior citizens with the information they need to prevent their being victimized by criminals.

Triad was brought to Virginia in 1995 by then-Attorney General Jim Gilmore, who established a state Triad coordinating section in his office. The purpose of Triad is to build partnerships between senior citizens and law enforcement and to share information on how seniors can avoid becoming victims of crime and enhance the safety and quality of their lives. In communities where Triad is actively informing seniors about frauds and scams, law enforcement agencies report a drop in the number of these crimes being committed against seniors. Scam artists naturally seek seniors who may be uninformed about these frauds, and seniors who have attended Triad presentations generally are at a much lower risk of being taken advantage of by these criminals.