TRIAD meeting discusses senior safety

CHILLICOTHE — The Gallia County TRIAD and S.A.L.T. Council met with area seniors, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office, and the Ross County Sheriff’s Office at the 2015 Ohio TRIAD Conference on June 12.

According to information provided by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, TRIAD “is not an acronym.” Local authorities, public safety organizations and the senior adult community partner to help keep keep seniors safe and aware of trends in crime.

Hosts provided lunch at the event. Participants checked in at 8:30 a.m. and the program started at 9 a.m. The program concluded at 3 p.m.

Justice Sharon L. Kennedy, of the Ohio Supreme Court, appeared as a keynote speaker. Ross County Sheriff George Lavender Jr., an adult protective services representative, Dr. Dirk Juschna, Barb Barrett, Heidi White and a Kingston National Bank representative also made speeches.

TRIAD has a pair of objectives. The first is to reduce crime against senior adults and the second is reduce the fear of crime that may a pose a danger to that specific community.

The hope of the program aims specifically at combating the negligence and mistreatment of Ohio seniors as many of these crimes go unreported every year through negligent caretakers or even fraud scams.

Once a triad group has been formed, a SALT Council is created compromised of community representatives to engage activities, events and programs to help achieve the group’s agenda. TRIAD groups are typically formed at the county level across Ohio. Once the TRIAD is formed, individual communities made up of the cities, towns and municipalities of the area appoint members to the SALT Council.

The TRIAD’s logo holds three triangles to represent equal cooperation and working relationships between law enforcement, older adults and community care providers.

Successes from previous SALT Councils were shared, senior business exhibitors as well as statements made about Alzheimer’s awareness.

Speakers mentioned programs like Project Lifesaver. According to, the group’s “primary mission is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism and other related conditions or disorders.”

Speakers also introduced methods to participants on how to avoid thefts at home when on vacation, how to protect oneself from potential identity theft and similar issues.

“Many of our participants are looking for a way to give back to the community,” Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said. “We come to events like this to share and learn new ideas so that we can implement them back home”

The Gallia County TRIAD meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Gallia County Courthouse meeting room on the second floor. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 446-0734.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.