Monday, May 17, 1999
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the signing of a statewide Triad agreement and pledged 100 additional Triads by the end of the year 2000. General Cornyn was joined by state law enforcement officials and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) representatives in signing the agreement which recognizes and re-establishes Triads currently operating statewide. Triads are groups of local law enforcement officials and older or retired citizens working together to prevent crimes against the elderly.
"The victimization of the elderly cannot and will not be tolerated," said General Cornyn. "I commend law enforcement and the local volunteers for their work with Triads to protect our senior citizens."
Triads involve many programs geared toward protecting the elderly at the local level. One Triad program makes seniors aware of businesses which target senior citizens with misleading or fraudulent sales pitches. Another program shows seniors how to identify and deal with telemarketing fraud. Triads also have a telephone reassurance program in which seniors are matched with specific law enforcement officials in their community. The seniors have the opportunity to call on law enforcement for help, and in turn, local law enforcement officials can call seniors to check on them from time to time.
Texas leads the nation with the highest number of Triads. There are 100 Triads active statewide, while over 600 operate nationwide. The Triad concept was developed in 1988 by the AARP, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA).
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