Annapolis, MD (April 5, 2007) – County Executive John R. Leopold today announced his renewed commitment to area seniors by overseeing the re-signing of the TRIAD Plus Joint Resolution. The resolution obligates nine county agencies to enhance the quality of life for older persons in the County. Their purpose is to heighten awareness among law enforcement officials on behalf of the senior’s need for dignity and security. The group will focus on reducing crimes against senior citizens through cooperative strategies, planning and programming.
TRIAD refers to the three National groups that signed the original agreement in 1988. They include, The American Association of Retired Persons, The International Association of Chief’s of Police and the National Sheriff’s Association. When Anne Arundel County joined the cause in 1994, the agreement became the TRIAD Plus Joint Resolution, due to the number of agencies added. The nine agencies that participated in Anne Arundel County’s original signing are all represented today.
- American Association of Retired Persons
- Anne Arundel County Police Department
- Anne Arundel County Fire Department
- Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office
- Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office
- Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities
- Annapolis City Fire Department
- Annapolis City Police Department
- Crofton Police Department
“The agreement that was signed today strengthens our commitment as a County to ensure the safety and protection of our seniors,” said County Executive Leopold. “I remain dedicated and focused on efforts to reduce criminal victimization of seniors through heightened awareness.”
The nine agencies agree that the Nation’s oldest population has special needs with respect to victimization and fear of crime, and the sense of being alone and unprotected. They all agree these needs can and should be met by working together.
Chairman of the Anne Arundel County S.A. L. T. (Senior and Law enforcement Together) Council Larry Hartman said, “Today’s event strengthens our partnership in reaching a common goal of reducing crime against the elderly.”
This initiative is designed to mobilize community resources to continually ascertain the needs and concerns of older citizens and to provide mechanisms for meeting those needs.