South Hadley TRIAD and S.A.L.T. Council were established in 1994 to provide programs that meet the safety needs of South Hadley Elders.
TRIAD is a community policing initiative between seniors, law enforcement, and service providers to increase safety through education and crime prevention. It's goals are to
- Enhance delivery of law enforcement services to older persons
- Reduce criminal activity that targets seniors
- Alleviate senior's fears of victimization
- Help build senior citizens confidence
- Improve their quality of life
TRIAD on the community level is implemented by a S.A.L.T. Council composed of Seniors, Police, Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office, Council on Aging, Adult Protective Services, Fire Department, and Representatives of other civic and community groups. The S.A.L.T. Council determines the needs of the community's seniors as it relates to crime prevention and safety awareness and coordinates activities to meet those needs.
Are You OK? ® Program
Are you OK? ® is a free computerized telephone call reassurance program operated from the South Hadley Police Department. Contacting an elderly person or homebound individual on a daily basis by telephone helps to reassure their well being and give them a feeling of security.
The Are You OK? ® Telephone reassurance system eases the concerns of friends and family who may find it difficult to maintain consistent, reliable contact. An 85-year-old woman wants the independence of living alone in her home along with the security of being monitored. The RUOK® system brings a sense of comfort into every subscriber's home.
Each day at a pre-arranged time, RUOK® automatically makes these computerized monitoring telephone calls inexpensively and without interruption to normal community services.