Senior T.R.I.A.D

What is TRIAD?

The origins of TRIAD when it first began in the 1980s was a partnership formed by an agreement between the National Sheriffs’ Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and AARP.

Today the National Association of Triads is a partnership of three organizations—law enforcement, older adults, and community groups found in communities across the United States of America.

Older Americans comprise the most rapidly growing segment of the popula­tion. One in every eight Americans is already 65 or older, for a total of more than 33.6 million Americans. Increased life expectancy is leading to new issues and problems for the criminal justice system, and TRIAD is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the aging/disabled population.

The purpose of Triad is to reduce the fear of crime victimization that older adults often experience by:

  • Providing educational opportunities and an exchange of information regarding crime prevention and public education for the older adults in our communities.
  • Identifying community resources and providing referrals to older persons to help reduce fear and lend moral support.
  • Educating and uniting the entire community in identifying problem areas for seniors.
  • Developing and implementing community-wide solutions to those problem areas for seniors.
  • Enhancing the delivery of law enforcement services to the older adults in the community.
  • Improving and promoting the health, safety, and quality of life for older adults.

The Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD planning committee consists of:

  • Will County Sheriff’s Department
  • Manhattan and New Lenox Police Departments
  • Manhattan and New Lenox Fire Protection Districts
  • New Lenox Township Family Services Department
TRIAD also consists of other collaborative partnerships:

  • Local law enforcement
  • Fire/medical personnel
  • County government and public safety
  • Senior service providers
  • Hospitals
  • Health care professionals
  • Civic clubs?
  • Senior clubs and organizations
  • Senior residents themselves

The Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD meets:

  • Fourth Thursday of the month
  • The meeting begins at 1:30 pm and usually last from 60 to 90 minutes.
  • We serve coffee, water, and light snacks.
  • Please see our monthly schedule for topic discussion and speakers.
  • Please see our monthly schedule for the location of the meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns or you are interested in joining our planning committee or in contributing in other ways, please call: 

Jim Pitcairn                                                         Dawn Burkhalter
Family Services Director                                Public Education Coordinator
New Lenox Township                                      Manhattan Fire Protection District
815 717-6221                                                      815 314-2303
 jpitcairn@newlenox.org                             dburkhalter@manhattanfire.org