National Association of Triads

The National Association of Triads is a partnership of three organizations—law enforcement, older adults, and community groups

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The purpose of Triad is to promote older adult safety and to reduce the fear of crime that older adults often experience. Triad assists at the grassroots level, helping you organize your Triad and providing a clearinghouse of programs and resources that can be implemented at a community level, and training materials for law enforcement, volunteers, and community groups.

What Triads do:

  • Educate: by sponsoring crime prevention and public education for older adults.
  • Assist: by recruiting and training volunteers to assist sheriff's offices, police departments, and other agencies.
  • Support: by identifying community resources and providing referrals to older persons to help reduce fear and lend moral support.
  • Unite: by involving the older adult population, law enforcement, community agencies, and individuals to identify problem areas in their communities.
This handbook is designed to help law enforcement and older adults interested in the Triad concept to implement a comprehensive crime prevention and education program. It explains what Triad is, why it is needed, how to organize a Triad, and how to leverage the group’s collective strength to address issues affecting older adults. Check back soon for an updated version of the manual.”

The National Association of Triads Quarterly Newsletter

A monthly newsletter of articles geared towards reducing criminal victimization of older persons and improving quality of life for older adults.

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For general comments and questions about National Association of Triads contact us at:

Tel: 703.836.7827 | Fax: 703.519.8567 | Email:

This project was supported, in whole or in part, by cooperative agreement number 2020CKWX0039, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) or contributor(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific individuals, agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.