LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - For the past 16 years the Calcasieu Parish Triad Program, which consists of various city and parish departments, have worked together with local elders to keep them safe. Representatives from the police jury, sheriff's office, district attorney, ward 3 city marshal and the city of Lake Charles, signed a joint service agreement. The different departments make up the triad program and by signing, they are agreeing to provide services and allocate funds to the triad program.
Adele Mart, Triad Director and operations manager for the office of community services says, "its wonderful to have that collaboration between the seniors and law enforcement because knowing that they have someone that they can trust and they feel protected."
Now the Calcasieu Parish Triad Program has been in service since March 23, 1994, several of its elderly members believe that because of its existence, the community is now safer for its local senior citizens.
Like Mary Lou Delino who says, "I have worked with this group since it began, we try to carry out the plans that law enforcement...that we can help them with and they can help us with and we're glad that the law enforcement is working with us."
PURPOSE OF TRIAD:
-To increase awareness of crimes against senior citizens
-Implement effective crime prevention and education programs aimed at reducing the criminal victimization of senior citizens
-To emphasize the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of senior citizens as crimes
-To improve communication and understanding between seniors and law enforcement
-To improve communication and understanding of the different roles of elder abuse agencies and other appropriate organizations
If you would like to join the Triad or volunteer for their services, you can call Adele Mart at the Office of Community Services at 721-4020.